Mchunu: Foreigners helped SA to get freedom

2015-04-27 19:34

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Durban - South African’s celebrating Freedom Day needed to remember that the freedom could not have been obtained without the assistance of other Africans, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu said on Monday.

Mchunu, who was speaking at a Freedom Day event in the northern KwaZulu-Natal town of Mtubatuba said: “Freedom was achieved after decades of oppression by the minority and racist regime. We attained this freedom not only as South Africans, but as part of our continent that assisted our cadres during the times when our liberation movements were banned. We must therefore, not forget that our cadres of Moses Kotane, Nelson Mandela, Jacob Zuma, Chris Hani and others were assisted by our fellow brothers and sisters on the African Continent.”

Mchunu lamented the deaths and violence that had taken place in the previous weeks as a result of xenophobic violence.

He said that inequlity and unemployment were major challenges that the country faces.

“A [sic] demon of racism and xenophobia must be defeated. We need to work together and try to forge a common identity that is built on mutual respect, tolerance and acceptance. We must break down artificial barriers of culture, race, and religion.

He urged South Africans to implement change that would be to the benefit of the country and all who live in it.

Mchunu said that while much had been achieved in the past 21 years since the country’s first democratic elections in 1994, much still had to be achieved.

He said that economic recovery resulting in more jobs was a priority and that the government’s much lauded National Development Plan was “the beacon of hope” for all South Africans.

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