Intellectuals needed in SA, says Zuma

2012-05-24 22:33
Johannesburg - Intellectuals and academics have a role to play in the reconstruction and development of the country, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.

He was addressing a lecture in honour of ANC founder Pixley ka Isaka Seme at the University of Fort Hare in Alice, Eastern Cape.

"As we remember him [Seme], we invite intellectuals and academics in our country to play a constructive role in the reconstruction and development of our country," said Zuma.

"As we build our young nation, we need our intelligentsia to contribute to a public discourse on whether or not we are achieving the goals of building a non-racial, non-sexist South Africa."

Zuma said constructive appraisals and criticism, from an Afro-optimistic perspective, would be helpful in building South Africa and Africa.

Zuma said the ANC's existence was owed to Seme.

"He is the father of ANC unity and collaboration. He wanted to see unity beyond ethnicity and tribalism," he said.

"We owe the existence of the African National Congress to this great man, who made a notable contribution to the development of our consciousness and national spirit."

Seme would also be remembered for his interest in the arts, especially writing and the media, Zuma said.

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