We have come a long way in nation building - Masutha

2016-07-01 18:44
Symbolic burial of three late members of MK at Freedom Park (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Symbolic burial of three late members of MK at Freedom Park (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Pretoria - Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Michael Masutha says the country has come a long way in its journey toward nation building and should not allow racists to derail the progress still being made.

Masutha was speaking after the symbolic burial of three late members of Umkhonto We Sizwe (MK), Selby Mavuso, Sizwe Kondile and Johannes Sambo, at Freedom Park, Pretoria on Friday.

"Coincidentally the process happens today when we are heading to local government elections which have been characterised by some challenges which I think mirror some of the underlying socio-political challenges," he said.

"As I was watching the rituals being performed of welcoming back the spirits of some of the heroes who brought about the democracy that we are enjoying today, I think it's a moment of reflection for all of us across political persuasions, across religious and racial divides in South Africa to say we have come a long way to build a new nation."

Masutha said there was a greater message beyond just the actual rituals that were performed by the family members and friends paying their respects to the three men.

"That is why we have this unique ritual ceremony where we don't have the physical remains. We should take to heart some of these initiatives as they provide a moment of reflection for all of us across racial divides," he said.

Masutha said in remembrance of the three, the country should not allow itself to be divided by people who still harbour ambitions of taking the country back to the old days.

"If you see the racial slurs that characterise our everyday life, salvos that get thrown across fences which still seem to exist, one gets to wonder how far we have come... These people were executed extra-judicially; they were tortured, burnt beyond recognition and their ashes thrown into the river," he said.

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