SA facing 'vexing challenges' - Mandela Royal House

2016-04-27 19:27


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Durban – Paying tribute to Freedom Day celebrations, The Royal House of Mandela on Wednesday said South Africa is currently going through a period of "vexing challenges".

In a statement, former President Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla Mandela said South Africa and its citizens had to work together to move forward as a country.

 "Some of the challenges are real, and others are the product of pre-election posturing as we approach our fifth democratic local government elections.

"Poverty is real, inequality is real and the slow pace of transformation in our economy is real. As South Africans we run an immense risk of undermining our hard-earned democracy if we postpone addressing these issues collectively."

Mandela added that they Royal House honoured the heroism of generations of South Africans who "sacrificed life and limb" for the fruits of democracy.

"We celebrate Freedom Day today faced by many vexing challenges. But no number of challenges can overcome the power of our desire to make South Africa truly great.

"We have a collective responsibility to the legacy of our mothers and fathers, and to the generations to come, to keep the dream alive."

Quoting his grandfather, Mandela said, "Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom."

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