‘Elders can influence’

2016-02-17 06:00

AFTER facing a mammoth task in steering the State of the Nation Address last week, Baleka Mbete, national assembly speaker, expressed concern over the country’s political situation.

“The polarisation that we are witnessing in politics at the moment is highly distressing and in this regard, it is our elders who are in the best position to encourage mutual respect and tolerance, listening to each other and tolerating different and diverse views,” Mbete said on Sunday (14/02).

She spoke at an event that addressed human dignity, held in Gugulethu in the Western Cape.

During the State of the Nation Address on Thursday (11/02), Mbete was mocked by some members of parliament. Others questioned her understanding of her role as speaker.

Speaking ahead of the local government elections, Mbete said it was important for the older generation to turn out to the polls in their numbers, to educate the youngsters about choosing right leaders and share the lessons they had learned.

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