Calls for reflection on Freedom Day

2013-04-26 22:37

Johannesburg - In celebrating Freedom Day this weekend, South Africans should reflect on the sacrifices made by those who fought for democracy, the ANC and its alliance partner Cosatu said on Friday.

"It is our shared responsibility to continue building a strong and prosperous nation," ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.

On the 19th anniversary of South Africa's first democratic election, citizens should celebrate the legacy of the men and women who fought for the right to vote.

"This year... we pay tribute to the many South Africans who have committed themselves to working with the government to be their own liberators," he said.

Congress of SA Trade Union (Cosatu) spokesperson Patrick Craven said in a statement South Africans should use Freedom Day, 27 April, to fight for a second phase of a radical economic transformation.

Sacrifices made

South Africans should always remember those who were arrested, jailed, tortured, exiled or killed to free the country from apartheid.

"In particular, we dip our flags in honour of two of our greatest leaders, Oliver Tambo and Chris Hani, who both passed away in April 1993, and as a result narrowly missed the chance to witness the democratic breakthrough that they did more than most to bring about."

These sacrifices resulted in workers being granted rights, including the freedom to organise themselves in unions and minimum employment standards.

Progress in living conditions and access to basic services had greatly improved since 1994, but this had largely been "undermined by the rising cost of living, the rising unemployment rate, and the widening wage gap".

"Despite the great wealth underneath the soil of South Africa, the country is placed in the top 10 of the most unequal societies in the world," Craven said.

  • gareth.flook - 2013-04-26 23:07

    Who cares

      Mokeu Lesley - 2013-04-27 12:08

      The Nation cares

      Modesta Bebeza - 2013-04-27 14:27

      What nation?

  • Andrew M - 2013-04-26 23:29

    Always bemoaning the facts that people must work for wealth not be handed everything on a gold platter. Had this government (ANC) emphasized the need for a good education and then placed the right people in place to oversee and ensure success circumstances would have been far better than at present. However the route chosen was BEE and cadre selection to benefit only a few selected buddies not to mention the ANC hierarchy.

  • Jenifer Johnstone - 2013-04-26 23:48

    dont forget ANC given freedom to steal from the state coffers .R206m VILLA

  • Monique Naude - 2013-04-27 02:41

    Oh. Thanks for what? That countless people lost their lives and limbs in bomb blasts (during the struggle which is still continuing by all accounts) People who didn't necessarily support Apartheid died, lost family members and got maimed. What, say thanks after 3 of my friends have been murdered (since so called freedom... 2 of them IN THEIR OWN HOMES!!!) ... that I was in an armed robbery where my partner was shot in the face (IN OUR OWN HOME!!!!) ...that my brother got kicked around during an armed robbery in the restaurant he was working in? What, say thanks that I can't apply for jobs because I am white? No, I'm sorry. The only free people are the criminals. I have nothing to say thanks for. Not to this government and their corrupt tendencies. This is not the same ANC, not the same beliefs, that Nelson Mandela spoke about. Until this government actually does something good for ALL the people of this country, I will not celebrate this day the way they want it celebrated.

  • Steve T Jones - 2013-04-27 06:05

    This absolute blatant desecration of a country has happened to every country in Africa given back to its "rightful" owners , from Congo , Kenya , Zambia , Zimbabwe, Mozambique .......,.the list goes on and on . Unfortunately this mind set of politicians in Africa is one and the same with all its leaders . Zuma no exception . Power , greed , suppression , they operate from a base of fear and insecurity. Freedom is not an important criteria for them , this mentality is very typical from uneducated people .

  • Werner Nel - 2013-04-27 06:17

    Screw the people who fought for freedom! You the ANC does nothing for the future they wanted!

      Amanda Dreyer - 2013-04-27 17:23

      What Fight what Freedom? The white sensible minority finally ended Apartheid....that's what these back slapping wanna be called "Leaders" need to reflect on!! Not distorted facts.

  • Alan Street - 2013-04-27 06:22

    The reflection will show satan in all forms. Zuma and his buddies!

      Mokeu Lesley - 2013-04-27 12:10

      hahaha Alan, satan ke mmao

  • Freddy van Wijk - 2013-04-27 06:29

    I won't be reflecting on anything because I do not have the freedom especially as a victim of crime. Criminals have the "freedom" under the current constitution.

  • neil.cuthbert.9 - 2013-04-27 06:46

    The country is on a downward spiral, what's to celebrate?

      Barney Crotchmaggot - 2013-04-27 07:18

      You can't eat, wear or spend a vote but hey, we're all free, right? Bollocks.

  • Adri Uys - 2013-04-27 06:53

    open your eyes and ears and listen to the people that have left the country for nz and austr and uk and have returned. they left for all the above reasons but came back. this is still the best country in the world!

      Patricia Bull - 2013-04-27 06:56

      Were they deported or just corrupt????

      Barney Crotchmaggot - 2013-04-27 07:14

      So, the fact that the white population has dropped from a high of 6 million to the present 4.5 has completely escaped your attention? We can see you've never left your dorp in the last 40 years.

  • Adri Uys - 2013-04-27 07:02

    haha instead they were actually very self righteous

  • Patricia Bull - 2013-04-27 07:16

    My comrades .... What about our FORGOTTEN POVERTY STRICKEN VOTERS who have been abandonded by their SELF-ENRICHED LEADERS and are now worse of than in 1994 with no future to look forward to? ...... WHEN WILL THE PARTY END FOR WE ARE HUNGRY VOTERS ? GIVE US HOPE!

  • Altus Kirsten - 2013-04-27 07:55

    Yawn. We are free, face it!

  • Raymond Kok - 2013-04-27 08:01

    you the ANC must get your moral compass back and realize you are public servants ,so go serve the public in all ways, shape and forms

  • Muffin_man_can - 2013-04-27 08:36

    With the pass of the information bill all freedom that is apparent is that of cANCer to silence the truth, fill their already full pockets and already fat bellies. Otherwise the word has a hollow ring to it.

  • Renier Lubbe - 2013-04-27 08:41

    Freedomday??? With the info bill in sight?

  • Sipho Mnguni - 2013-04-27 09:30

    Messrs Jackson Mthembu and Patrick Craven, I have been trying to reflect as you both urged us to, and I have been resisting to post my response. But here I am responding. I have noticed how you people can't resist invoking the names of the struggle icon whenever you urge us to action. Don't you people have the ideas of your own rather than name-dropping? Yes, I have been reflecting and noticed how dysfunctional the education system where our children fared badly even against the poorest of the poor nations in reading, writing and counting. And I asked myself, why and how does this happen in democracy? For the first time in my working life I was forced to use state medical health when my son fell on top of a broken piece of bottle and my family medical practioner's sugery was closed. After hours of waiting for a doctor at state medical facility it was our turn to be called. The doctor said it was serious but she was going to try to remove the piece lodged into my son's head. I asked her what she meant by try? She said it was because she did not have enough instruments. Yes, I am reflecting as to how do the people who use these facilities on a daily basis cope. I am reflecting about e-tolls, petrol hikes, the rising food prices and the depreciating Rand. I can't stop reflecting!

      Keith Ngobeni - 2013-04-27 10:26

      @sipho, most of these fools at ANC they came to power with only knowing how to shout their rhetoric 'struggle' slogans and nothing more than that, that's why they're struggling to even provide simple basics such as service delivery to the people, because they're so clueless and dumb and that's one of the reasons they always talk about people who died almost two decades ago because them have got nothing to offer or tell people.

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-04-27 11:27

      Sorry to hear about your son. People live this every day. On waiting lists that are 16yrs long to get surgery, misdiagnosed or told to come back again and again. Yes, the ANC is very good at invoking ghosts. It seems history is all they have left. The Present is in tatters and the Future is bleak

      Sipho Mnguni - 2013-04-27 11:47

      @Keith.Ngobeni:) brilliant response to my comment, bhuti. I wish many of us had our eyes open to what is happening before we descend the same route like other failed countries in the continent, Africa. According to the Auditor-General R30billions are stolen every year with no-one prosecuted for that.

      Motsamai Ralitlhare - 2013-04-27 12:09

      U r over emphasizing ntate,that procedure requires one simple stitch pack that even a rural hospital has.m sure u r supporting the left ntate.lets just celebrate freedom day and be proud of us as a black South Afrcans who fought for it together with those other groups or nations who supported us.

      Sipho Mnguni - 2013-04-27 13:26

      @Motsamai:) I wish you were there for yourself to hear what the poor doctor said. How she profusely apologised. I was not interested in anyone's apology for that matter I was worried about the bottle that wad lodged in my son's hand. The bleeding was palpable to endure for a 9 year old. I cannot stop you from embracing mediocrity, well for me I am not used to it hence I religiously pay my medical aid. How do you comprehend the fact that one person and his family has been built a private clinic?

      Sipho Mnguni - 2013-04-27 13:39

      @lacrimosewolf:) thank very much, I appreciate your concern. I have been driving since 1984 but on that day I even forgot sometimes to change gears thanks to desperation that I had to endure. Just when the doctor said she was going to try and remove some bottle pieces nearly made my heart stopped. I asked my wife to remain behind while I was out punting for fresh air. The memories of that East Rand child who was misdiagnosed and had her two legs amputated crossed my mind, when it was recognised that they had the wrong file it was too late because they could not grow her legs back. Let the denialist defend their heroes inaction in the name of celebrating freedom, of course! But least they forget that Information Bill is the beginning of the end of the so-called democracy. Dictatorship is here!

  • Jacques - 2013-04-27 09:39

    Same old bulls**t. I'm sure the legions of homeless people reflect upon their freedom every single day.

  • diphapang.rodwill - 2013-04-27 10:28

    I wanna say freedom day is all about winning out indepentance thnx to our nelson mandla the father who devotioned his ppl,country

  • Dmitri Dumas - 2013-04-27 10:35

    What am I doing today? Forget about everything, sit back, relax with a beer and watch rugby.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-04-27 11:10

    Reflect on the sacrifices made by those who fought for democracy?. How is it then that the majority of those people never received a cent or help of any kind, while you lot pocketed it all?. Bloody hypocrites.

  • Gagoitsiwe Meshack - 2013-04-27 11:18

    Happy freedom day to all SAcan.let's enjoy with peacefully.i think our leaders must go to people at rural areas and think about people who homeless,unemployed,who sleeping with hunger rather than to spend the millions to de other country.plenty of people are suffer in mzanzi.come on ANC leaders.

  • John Clarke - 2013-04-27 13:32

    Chris Hani was the leader of the MK terrorist organization. Nelson Mandela was refused entry into Canada and the USA because he created the MK terrorist group that ultimately murdered thousands; mostly Blacks who would not toe the ANC communist line. This article is biased. The ANC fat cats that have mismanaged the South African economy created the culture of violence that is today running rampant and has destroyed the prospects of an entire generation of our youth. The ANC fight was not just against White people. Google "Shell House Massacre" to get some understanding of the suffering of traditional Zulu people under ANC terrorism. The ANC motto of "Liberation before Education" also comes to mind when viewing the destruction of the education system, which was FAR better under Apartheid. Amnesty International also would not assist these terrorists. We need to solve the problems that are destroying our country; not pretend the gang of corrupt ANC politicians are not every bit as bad as the worst of Apartheid. "www. HolyNelson.blogspot. com" is also an eye opener. Check it out.

  • Cobus Lubbe - 2013-04-27 14:07

    I work with many blacks, coloureds & indians at a large multinational organization. And I respect most of them. However, I don't feel free at all! I live in a fortress with 6 foot walls and razor wire, security gates, and burglar proof. My car has a central locking system and alarm. We are afraid to go out at night.....and day. All because of the ANC, politicians and criminals. The whites in this country is not free. We can't get proper jobs, etc. AA, EE and BBEEE is nothing more than REVENGE. How many whites will attend freedom day celebrations? Freedom in SA sucks!

      Rasta Dono - 2013-04-27 22:15

      you ever thaught about leaving like go back to your country Europe why live like this if its not good for you

      Renier Lubbe - 2013-04-28 11:48

      @Rasta: Whites originate from Europe Blacks originate from Sentral and North Africa, Humans originate from south Africa. In the end every one belongs here. But I suppose you only believe the part of Europe and the whites.

  • Olandini - 2013-04-27 14:40

    Reflect on this..Watch how 'Cirque de Zuma' perform his best act - 'the Ineptocrazy' without the safety of a net!... those are the real benefits.

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