Celebrating the Freedom Charter

2015-07-01 06:05

ONE of South Africaand#039;s most progressive documents in South Africaand#039;s history, the Freedom Charter, celebrated its 60th anniversary last Friday, 26 June.

Brand South Africa states: and#034;It represents the collective will of a coalition of like-minded South Africans who transcended race, religion and political ideology to come together to craft the vision of a South Africa which would belong to all who lived in it.

“The innovative and inclusive response to conditions of oppression represented, and continues to represent, a seminal moment in South Africa­and#039;s history.and#034;

This moment and the accompanying action by the Congress of the People - as those who gathered in Kliptown 60 years ago - attested to the resilience, forbearance and tenacity of the South African people. It equally resounded with the spirit of ubuntu and appreciation that the South African struggle for liberation would succeed by collective will and effort.

The moment was imbued with the hope and optimism that a free, liberated and democratic South Africa would belong to all citizens. These qualities of resilience, inclusivity, optimism and ubuntu continue to define the South African DNA.

Although the Freedom Charter is 60 years old, the spirit in which it was crafted and the sentiments contained within its pages, remain relevant.

The Freedom Charter outlined the vision of a South Africa where:

• A spirit of freedom, equality and democracy would characterise our country and would be embodied by our people.

• All citizens would have equal rights and equal access to opportunities, including amongst others, education, housing and employment opportunities.

• South Africa would take its rightful place as a sovereign state in the global community of nations and would make a meaningful contribution to sustainable international peace, security and development.

This sentiment of equality and democracy served as the foundation for South Africaand#039;s highest law, the Constitution.

- Brand South Africa.

THIS MOMENT AND THE ACCOMPANYING ACTION BY THE CONGRESS OF THE PEOPLE - AS THOSE WHO GATHERED IN KLIPTOWN 60 YEARS AGO - ATTESTED TO THE RESILIENCE, FORBEARANCE AND TENACITY OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN PEOPLE

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