Trollip celebrates Mandela Day with special focus on children

2016-07-18 17:26
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Port Elizabeth - The Democratic Alliance in Nelson Mandela Bay took to the streets on Monday, cleaning up and serving soup in honour of former president Nelson Mandela.

Political parties, organisations, and individuals spent 67 minutes at various institutions across the metro, joining thousands across the country who celebrated Mandela Day by giving their time to a good cause.

DA mayoral candidate Athol Trollip said they had focused on children in most of their work on the day because of Mandela’s love for them.

Speaking at his third stop in Avenue C, New Brighton, Trollip said Mandela knew children were the country’s future.

About 30 children lined up to receive soup and two slices of bread from the party. A few adults waited their turn with them, some dressed in African National Congress T-shirts.

"It dawned on me that many children have absolutely nothing. These are places that are not subsidised by government, they are just people who care and have compassion for the children," Trollip said.

If the children were not looked after, he said, the country’s future would be compromised.

"The big challenge is to create opportunities for these children through jobs," he said.

Earlier in the day, the party cleaned up litter in Bethelsdorp, where Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Danny Jordaan comes from.

"There was just litter everywhere," Trollip said.

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