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'Freedom is a Stone's Throw Away': Lawrence Lemaona's perversions of power

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Fools Gold exhibited at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, in collaboration with Afronova. (Lawrence Lemaoana)
Fools Gold exhibited at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, in collaboration with Afronova. (Lawrence Lemaoana)


These bold and daring words are attributed to a speech by the late former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, apparently made during the 5th national gathering of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in 1994.

On one side, the political utility of this statement has increased over the years, and is often used to embolden the public chastisement of the ruling party. However, the quote is unverified.

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