Promoting a united South Africa from page 1

2015-05-28 06:00
Some of the delegates at the Africa Day build up celebrations at Tongaat Secondary School.
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kaveel singh

Some of the delegates at the Africa Day build up celebrations at Tongaat Secondary School. Photo: kaveel singh

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Ashanti Ngidi, a member of the Africa Day Committee, complimented Tongaat Secondary School saying she was glad to see integration.

“You children have no idea what a big deal it is for an Indian, white and African child to be able to share and communicate with each other. Your country has made many sacrifices for the freedoms we take for granted in this day and age,” she said.

Ngidi added that xenophobia had shown that South Africans can come together in times of crisis and assist fellow African countries.

“Yes, while you had many on the streets causing harm, you also had even more people putting their hearts and resources together to assist there fellow Africans.”

Josephine Diur, a representative from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) lauded the local school for having so many different cultures together.

“South Africa is a very important country on our continent. You have achieved some exceptional feats and are still our continents leading nation. What we all need to understand is that you do not have to be black to be African.

“Indians here today are African. Whites are African. No matter what colour your skin is or what ethnicity you belong to, if you were born here, you are one of us…you are African.”

Student representative from Tongaat Secondary School Brilliant Busane detailed how many African countries assisted South Africa during the dark apartheid years.

“The vicious xenophobia attacks are nothing short of vicious.

“During apartheid, we were helped by so many other African countries, yet here we are today robbing those very people of human dignity and constitutional rights.

“These countries helped us in our campaign against non-democratic oppressive white minority regimes in the 70s and 80s. However, the selfless efforts of those that have come together to assist the needy is amazing.”

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