Government must honour all in the struggle

2015-06-25 06:01

THE ANC continuously sings its own praises about its liberation credentials at the expense of the masses whose lives it has not transformed for their involvement in freedom.

The ruling party assumes full responsibility for our democracy and when the recent xenophobic attacks caught it off guard, the ANC scurried to pay lip service to our neighbours for their contribution.

There is another significant area in which the ANC is a total failure - it makes no concerted effort to place high on its agenda a real effort to educate the majority about the role that minorities inside South Africa played in the struggle.

At another level, many white South Africans’ role in admonishing apartheid can never be erased. They too assisted to liberate South Africa.

Mary Kleinenberg and Christopher Merrett, in their interesting book Standing on Street Corners, illustrate excellently the significant part played by the Black Sash.

Women defied the apartheid government and stood firm for human rights for all South Africans.

Our struggle history must be reflected truthfully to be inclusive of South Africans Joan Kerchhoff, Marie Dyer, Nalini Naidoo and strong women of the ilk of Flere Webb and Busi Nyide.

They must be afforded their correct place in our new history, and so must Kleinenberg and Merrett.

JAY JUGWANTH

Pietermaritzburg

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.