Jackson: SA overwhelms activist after 31 years

2010-04-21 00:00

AMERICAN activist and Baptist minister the Reverend Jesse Jackson gave a powerful “lecture” at a special business breakfast held at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban yesterday.

Jackson, who is in South Africa to receive an honorary doctorate for distinguished achievements in the advancement of social justice, said he was overwhelmed to be in South Africa after 31 years.

He told businessmen and academics gathered at the breakfast that freedom and equality are important in society.

When he visited South Africa in 1979, he was faced with the reality of apartheid and recalled being interrogated at the airport over why he wanted to visit the country.

“What a joy to be in the new and different South Africa. The laws have changed, but the culture has not changed,” he said.

Jackson was joined by his daughter, Jacqueline, and his brother, Jean Jackson, who now resides in South Africa.

“I hope to return to this beautiful country and teach students at the university. It’s [an] overwhelming experience to be here,” he said.

UKZN spokesperson Nomonde Mbadi said the university is thrilled to honour Jackson’s work.

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