Go back to basics: Ramphele

By Drum Digital
07 August 2013

South Africa needs to go back to basics to emancipate itself, Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele said on Wednesday.

"As people as a whole, we need to go back to basics... we need civic education and to get young people to learn what it means to be a citizen," she said at a University of Johannesburg women's month event.

Ramphele said South Africans did not undergo "orientation" before the advent of democracy in 1994, and therefore most carried deep wounds from the apartheid legacy.

"In 1994, we did not remove the heavy load in our psychological being. People [were] expected to embrace equality a few days after they were referred to as non-Europeans in Africa. South Africa has a second chance to work on its moral fibre.

"We have not lived up to the values embedded in the Constitution... we are at risk of losing our moral high ground."

She said women should mobilise and oppose violence against women and children.

"We need to stand together against this scourge, otherwise women would continue to suffer as they do now."

Ramphele said she hoped for a peaceful election next year.

"Next year, you have a choice... let us hope we will not have a Zanufication of South Africa. Stop complaining and start acting," she said, referring to Zimbabwe's disputed election winner, Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party.

-by Sapa

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