Mbete asks Gogos to intervene

2016-03-03 06:00
 Parliamentary Speaker Baleka Mbete and Nomaindia Mfeketo were amongs dignatories attend Ilitha Labantu national project launch in Gugulethu.

Parliamentary Speaker Baleka Mbete and Nomaindia Mfeketo were amongs dignatories attend Ilitha Labantu national project launch in Gugulethu.

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Baleka Mbete, speaker of the National Assembly wants senior citizens to “school the young in holding your leaders accountable for open‚ honest government at every level”.

Mbete was speaking during the launch of the Ilitha Labantu’s national programme called “Digging into Dignity- Promoting Human Dignity at Home and Throughout Society” at the Gugulethu Sports Complex recently.

The speaker of the National Assembly said on Sunday that‚ with the local government elections imminent‚ “older persons who live in communities are alive to the day-to-day challenges on the ground and can play a role in turning the situation around”.

Mbete said the elder members of society could teach the youth how to elect a “government that stamps out corruption and protects the rights of every citizen to speak freely‚ to worship openly‚ to love whomever they choose”.

“As senior citizens you can ensure that women are no longer second-class citizens‚ that girls take their rightful places in our schools‚” she said in an address hosted by Ilitha Labantu‚ a Cape Town-based organisation that addresses violence against woman and children.

“As elders‚ you must continue to stand up and say that violence against women in any form‚ in any place-including the home--especially the home –is not just a women’s rights violation.

“It is a human rights violation. And it has no place in any society.

“I urge you‚ as senior citizens to exercise your right and turn out in your numbers to register and vote in the upcoming local government elections.”

Also in attendance was Deputy Minister of International Relations and Co-operations, Nomaindia Mfeketo, radio personality Putco Mafani and actor Sello Maake-ka-Ncube.

According Ilitha Labantu’s spokesman Siyabulela Monakali the aim of the program is to promote intercultural dialogue and community-led social development by promoting self-development to enable people to be value driven and improve their lives and encourage citizens to engage with our democracy. “This program will engage communities on the topic of what it means to be an active citizen and how people can unite together to combat issues in their local communities such as crime, domestic violence and poverty,” he said. After speeches the crowd was entertained by gospel singers the likes of Lusanda.

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