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SA 'must push Mandela legacy'

2010-07-21 07:51

Johannesburg - Every South African has a duty to push the Nelson Mandela legacy - the triumph of an unbreakable spirit - into the future, ANC treasurer-general Mathews Phosa said on Tuesday.

"We should acknowledge and celebrate our successes and not be shy to confirm and affirm our successes, such as a number of World Cups staged here, notably the globally acclaimed Soccer World Cup," Phosa said in Pretoria.

He said SA should develop not only responsible corporate citizenship, but also responsible personal citizenship where each, however small, makes a contribution to the betterment of lives of others.

"We should, as a nation, invest more time, energy and money in the development of leadership in schools, universities, institutions and companies."

He said like Mandela, South Africans must develop an attitude that they are bigger than any challenge - however daunting - that they might face.

"We can celebrate the victories of political liberation and other magnificent successes such as the Soccer World Cup, but we cannot have the final celebration until we lift the trophy of economic liberation and place it next to that of political liberation," he said.