Let us be the change we desire of others in honour of freedom

2017-05-04 06:00

Last week we celebrated 23 years of South Africa’s independence from Apartheid rule.

We should be asking what we are doing with that freedom, or how are we moving South Africa in the direction where everybody will say we are ALL free?

To the youth of Khayelitsha, I would only wish to encourage you to enjoy the freedom that is the benefit of a democratic South Africa and at the same time be responsible to uphold the values and principles of the Democratic Alliance and our democracy.

As a result of our democracy, we are all free before the law, we enjoy an independent justice system, we have a free press and media that can tell our stories as they are.

They can also tell your story, so be careful and think of the stories that your children will one day read, about what you did with your freedom and we also have a vibrant civil society. We also enjoy the rule of law and we are protected by the constitution.

The reality is that our young people have lost hope under ANC rule, and it is precisely for this reason that we find large numbers of our youth being identified as the Lost Generation.

As the Freedom Month, April 2017 has been very vibrant, what with opposition parties across the country leading marches supported by thousands of South Africans.

The Freedom Movement has been launched in Tshwane; a movement for all caring South Africans.

It is the movement that will be part of delivering change in our country, which will encourage 1 million young entrepreneurs; will deliver jobs, improve our economy and get us out of the junk status;

It is change that will allow all of us to work with a government that delivers opportunities.

As the Constituency Head of Khayelitsha, I have the pleasure of sharing an inspiring encounter with a young activist from this very community.

I was introduced to this young activist after he had identified an issue in our community.

He wished to be guided about solving the issue. Although he could not get the desires results at first, he persisted with his desire.

His determination became a stark reminder for me of the lyrics of the song by kwaito artist Mdu Masilela, some of whih went thus: “uzoyithola kanjani uhleli ekoneni”?

I am pleased to have been introduced to him as I look forward to working with him and his team as we drive issues of development in our community.

I encourage the young ones to drive issues of development in our communities, together with our councillors, to develop our community for the tomorrow and for our children.

Let us build strong communities together with our councillors, community leaders and religious organisations that will bring freedom, unity and development to our society.

For us to be able to grow in our communities and give hope to the “lost generation”, we need to be passionate about our people, to listen and take care of our activists we need to have a way of talking to them as leaders.

We need to be empathetic to the challenges they are facing, and again and most importantly let’s give them hope.

Let us remember who we are as South Africans and what our freedom means to us.

No more talking- let us be the leaders of change in our communities!

Tandeka Gqada DA MP

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