Citizens must write their own history - Zille

2012-04-27 20:00

Johannesburg - There must be meaningful political contestation for South Africa to have a proper democracy, DA leader Helen Zille said at a Freedom Day event in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, on Friday.

"That, in turn, requires citizens who know how powerful they are, and who use their power to full effect - enforcing accountability, ensuring service delivery [and] writing their own future," she said.

"There must also be meaningful political contestation, through voters who are prepared to change governments through the ballot box."

She said it was important for citizens to know their importance in the country and that successful democracies did not have to rely on elections.

"Those South Africans born in 1994 are the born free generation. They are representatives of a new group, those who must lead the way to the fulfillment of [former president] Nelson Mandela's non-racial, united vision for our country," she said.

"They can proudly proclaim that they were born into a society where equal human rights, open opportunities and freedom are institutionally protected."

She said the Constitution would continue to act as a fire-wall that would protect South Africans from a return to tyranny and the abuse of political power.

"Today...we honour our past, and we own our future."

She said South Africa's democracy was born at the ballot box and that its future should be written at the ballot box.

"Exactly 18 years ago a democratic South Africa was born. Voters went out in their millions, most of them for the first time ever, to make their mark for the political party of their choice," Zille said.

"This was a day of elation, joy and relief for millions of people who had unjustly suffered under an oppressive regime which divided our people for decades."

At another Freedom Day event in Machadodorp, Limpopo, Democratic Alliance provincial leader, Anthony Benadie, said that while the country's young adulthood was celebrated, the injustice of the past should be remembered.

"We cannot forget how millions of ordinary South Africans weren't allowed the freedom of speech, freedom of movement, freedom of association, and of course, the freedom to choose who shall govern us," he said.

"Our Constitution, with the Bill of Rights at its heart, protects us all."

  • Peter - 2012-04-27 20:17

    Well said Helen.......not a fan of yours, but will give you credit on this one.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-27 20:31

    Hellen,one of the very rare politicians with brains in this country,herd boys have no idea how to run a country they are too emotional.

      Philemon - 2012-04-27 20:34

      Wena Mike, leave the "matekwan", it is having the same effect on your brain as what the botox is doing to Zille's brain.

      Blip - 2012-04-27 21:04

      Botox is the lipstick of the 21st century. Nothing special.

      John - 2012-04-28 02:58

      Philemon, You're another sheepol with $hyte for brains, can't think and will never be able to think. So you just insult.

  • mkgatla3 - 2012-04-27 20:45

    A scavenger acting on its prey to relax and fall asleep,so tht it wont be difficult to attach it....

  • Jerry - 2012-04-27 22:33

    As long as DA exist, anc will always win elections Madam. Can't you see how they broke up Cope so quick. Unfortunately DA will always be seen as what it is, a white party to advance white interest. Racism still exist and you think the majority will hand power to white people again? Thanks to most of your supporters, you can kiss the black vote bye bye.

      grant.hide - 2012-04-28 00:44

      Have you noticed that The DA Have more Races in it than any other party? The DA is the peoples party, where everyone is givin a shot to the top. Go pay your E-tolls and taxes with a smile on your face, remember to lick your lips while they dig into caviar and the most expensive drink's for you. When you get a fine for going over the limit to get out of the way for a blue light brigade, remember your heroes need your money and all of it to satisfy their recently exploding taste for non-traditional foreign fast cars.

  • PVRZA - 2012-04-27 23:25

    there is no sane person that takes this old useless woman seriously, maybe some delusional racists who think everything white is ok. I know for sure that people hates this woman who always go around campaigning about Mandela when the same hypocrite voted Tony Leon over Mandela. Stop making a fool out of urself and give attention to ur all-lame male cabinet(majority of which are your....) Useless girl

      Johann - 2012-04-28 00:08

      @PVRZA well if you think that you are sane sh!!t for brains think again a common house fly are saner than you

      Nicholas - 2012-04-28 00:11

      Yawn ...

  • Lelethu Nyenyeku-Rayi - 2012-04-28 00:49

    mxm helen is a fake!!!

      Paul - 2012-04-28 10:33

      all politicians are fake you just need common senses and insight to see which one is least corrupt and fake. vote wrong and your vote buys a new house for a new wife or a security upgrade of millions which costs more than most peoples assets. wake up and accept the fact that in another ten years the new buzz word won't be democracy but rather dictatorship .

  • Nofikathini - 2012-04-28 05:57

    helen zille you are selfish white b go to heeeeeeeel if you think all black a stupit think twice ufuna ivoti zethu coz uyazi sbaninzi ukunedlula nina hambo faaaaaaa mgodoyi

      Joe - 2012-04-28 07:59

      @Nofikathini, selfish black b should go lower the last place earth and that is to the cow dung, either does not know how to read and understand what this article wrote but feels good by saying something so stupid only because its Helen (because she's white) and still living in the past but not willing to go ahead for the future means either you are a retard who cant think of something useful to say but being utterly retardedand and thats have to be told about a 100 times before you understanbd whats going on!

      CaptainGaza - 2012-04-28 09:58

      No wonder Africa is such a mess. We have people like Nofikathini voting with their heart instead of their head. A strong opposition creates a strong democracy. It seems you would like to have your human rights removed and be ruled by a dictatorship!!! Typical African mentality, no wonder Africa is still living in the dark ages. Wake up!!!

  • Templeton Mk - 2012-04-28 11:06

    I campaigned for the DA, voted for the DA. I cannot stand the racism from you guys. Helen you can yep... Yep... Yep I am not buying this time around.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-28 12:36

    nofikathina or whatever you need to be put in your place mgodoyi.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-28 12:38

    You making comments about her you are jealous

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-28 12:39

    Good one Grant

  • SA - 2012-04-28 22:31

    All South African citizens are responsible for driving democratic change forward in South Africa. It is our responsibility as citizens to ensure that we stand together to fight crime, poverty, inequality, corruption, racism, unemployment and AIDS. We can no longer expect our government and leaders to change the very things that are currently destroying our beautiful country. All South Africans are equal and have equal rights under our constitution; No longer should we accept that our leaders fail to deliver basic services, health care, safety and security, education and jobs for all South Africa’s people. Unity is strength - South African’s have the right to be free, protected against crime, have the right to be educated to a good standard, fair opportunity to the jobs available to them and last but not least share and enjoy South Africa’s beauty and wealth together as one. We need to elect leaders that look after and serve the interests of all our people. Leaders that act in the best interest of all our citizens, Leaders that lead by example, condemn crime and corruption and that are able to driver reform at every level. It is our responsibility to change the way we think, South Africa has many cultures and it is time that that no matter what your cultural back ground or race to see all our citizens as South Africa. Our new democracy has no place for black, Indian, coloured or white. We are the people of South Africa.

  • SA - 2012-04-28 22:32

    is our responsibility to educate and promote the rights of all South African people and to challenge negative behaviours and attitudes (both past and present), ensuring that we respect all our diverse cultures and people. We need to remember that crime affects all South African’s, work together within our communities to eradicate crime and stand to together as one to ensure that we hold our police accountable for dealing with all crime head on. Every death in South Africa so be view as a national tragedy. All South African’s need to support our economy by buying South African products and services, this will ultimately grow our economy and create jobs and wealth for all of our people. A good example how South Africa is not currently doing this is our government paying a foreign company to administer the Gauteng E-Toll payment system. We all need to protect South Africa’s biodiversity as it is the life blood for our country and attract millions of foreign tourists to South Africa each year; there are very few countries in the world that can boost that they have such a vast biodiversity. Poaching in South Africa has become a serious issue and must be stopped. I challenge all our people to stop and think of ways that we can change the way we think and act toward our fellow South African and then to influence our families, friend, work associate to change their attitude and behaviours . God Bless all our South Africa’s people.

  • Malungisa - 2012-04-30 15:41

    i like Zille why she talk strait and if Zille is not there definately they will be no delivery at all she is the one who push ANC to think twice look at Eastern Cape no delivery at all.People of E CAPE came to CAPE TOWN no job.U c ANC in E CAPE is not contasting to any part that is why no job no delivery when the vote is coming they go and do alot of emty promise. DA must take other province so that the must be a competion u will C a change

      thulani.peter.1 - 2012-05-16 00:01

      Wat strait r u talkin abt chief this Zille is big problem tellin ppl 2 go bck 2 estern cape wat does the freedom charter say no maan do nt b lost Mtshana

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