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Radebe addresses UN on Mandela

2012-07-19 07:42

New York - The best way to honour former president Nelson Mandela is to root out poverty and oppression, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said in New York on Wednesday.

"As we celebrate Mandela's 94th birthday... it is important to remember the plight of millions of people, women and children who are subjected to brutality, oppression, violence and gross violations of human rights across the globe," he said in a speech at the United Nations (UN) general assembly.

He thanked the UN for deciding to declare Mandela's birthday 'Mandela International Day' three years ago in an "historic and unprecedented" gesture.

"President Mandela, addressing our people in 1994 after the first ever democratic elections in South Africa, declared that our freedom would not be complete when others elsewhere were still not free.

"Today, the best gift we can give to [former] president Mandela for his birthday is to renew our commitment and resolve to the eradication of poverty and underdevelopment; to end violence against women and children... and to comprehensively address conflicts and wars."

South Africa was indebted to the UN and the international community for its help in overcoming the apartheid regime, Radebe said.

"The decision of the UN to declare apartheid a crime against humanity was in no small measure a significant boost to our cause," he said.

Comments
  • gregory.martin.5070 - 2012-07-19 08:02

    "As we celebrate Mandela's 94th birthday... it is important to remember the plight of millions of people, women and children who are subjected to brutality, oppression, violence and gross violations of human rights across the globe," - and what about the fact that we are subjected to your incompetent governance and have to endure your corruption,crime, etc etc etc etc - load of hot air and BS.

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-07-19 08:12

    Mr Radebe. You want to root out poverty? Let charity begin at home! You need to root out all the corrupt politokoloshes. That may leave just you in government! Freedom from poverty=freedom from politokoloshes. Let the struggle begin!

  • Lindelwa - 2012-07-19 08:30

    Radebe, if u cud stop being corrupt with your ANC then we will eradicate poverty. Stop wasting time and blowing hot air on our faces; we've had enough of your crap, abusing Mandela's name for your own selfish and greedy interests!!

  • davidpeter.goddard - 2012-07-19 09:01

    Yeah like all the politicians in Africa are doing.

  • davidpeter.goddard - 2012-07-19 09:02

    Yeah like all politicians in Africa are doing

  • Andrew M - 2012-07-19 10:20

    Just about all government ministers have cottoned on to the subject of the poor and how they need to be uplifted. They talk, talk and talk some more but very little action is taken to alleviate this situation. Had corruption be eradicated a great many of these problems would have been a thing of the past. Government spending on themselves in fancy houses and top of the range vehicles has also eroded funds which should have been put to better use. Not to mention the great numbers who continually travel to foreign countries on the pretext to improve their knowledge so as to improve home country standards is not visible and more likely used as a holiday at taxpayer expense. Add all these gravy train perks up and see how many houses these fund could have built. Whites are also berated for their lifestyles and so called riches, well let it be said they did not get these st5andards for free and are presently feeling the results of the governments ineptitude in the governance of this beautiful country. Just remember we are part of the builders of the nation and helped a great deal to place the country on the African map with top facilities which the present regime has let sink lower in the mire.

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