Freedom Charter explained

2015-08-06 06:00
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Zweli mkhize

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AFRICAN National Congress leadership and members gathered at the Port Shepstone Civic Centre on Friday to listen to the party’s treasurer general, Zweli Mkhize, talk about the establishment of the Freedom Charter and discuss organisational issues aimed at empowering comrades.

Mkhize said this gathering, called the “Cadres Forum”, forms part of a number of forums taking place countrywide with the aim of encouraging people to know and understand the Freedom Charter.

He said this year was declared by the national ANC Executive Committee the Year of the Freedom Charter.

“This year we celebrate 40 years since the Freedom Charter was established, which addressed that South Africa is for all, and to eradicate discrimination of nationals by colour and race,” said Mkhize.

He said its important for people to know that the ANC will never go back and divide people because of race.

Mkhize also touched on xenophobic attacks that took place some time ago.

“The Freedom Charter is against xenophobia. South Africa is for all.”

He said the SA Constitution is identical to the Freedom Charter, just like the Bill of Rights.

“The Bill of Rights and the Constitution of this country contain the same clauses of the Freedom Charter.”

Mkhize said as the ruling party was voted for by the people of South Africa it is their duty take care of peoples’ rights.

Mkhize highlighted the RDP house programme saying that it comes from a Freedom Charter clause that says “there shall be houses, security and comfort. All people shall have the right to live where they choose, be decently housed, and to bring up their families in comfort and security, unused housing space [is] to be made available to the people”.

He encouraged all to know the Constitution so that everyone understands the workings of the ruling party

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