Deputy President Ramaphosa – Protect Madiba’s Legacy

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged South Africans and the world to continue to build on the legacy of the late former President Nelson Mandela and the work that he began when he led South Africa to its first democratic elections in 1994.

“As we seek to build on his legacy, we should reflect on how the principles that Madiba espoused and relentlessly pursued can shape our moral framework and guide our actions,” the Deputy President said on Monday.

He was speaking at a memorial lecture in Johannesburg to honour the late Mandela. The event was attended by various dignitaries including the Mandela family led by his widow Graca Machel.

“We should seek to pursue at all times that which is right and true and just, no matter how inconvenient, how unpopular or how difficult,” Deputy President Ramaphosa said.

The world today is a better place thanks to the contribution made by Mandela and many of his generation. It is thanks to them that today South Africa can celebrate 20 years of freedom in peace and unity,” added Deputy President Ramaphosa.

“It is thanks to them that all our people have equal rights that millions more of our people have houses, water and electricity.

“It is thanks to them that there are now opportunities for the young that were unimaginable two decades ago.”

Mandela died on 5 December 2013. For the past two weeks, government has led a series of events to commemorate the icon’s passing and reflect on his legacy as the first black President of South Africa.

Ramaphosa said as the country worked to build on Madiba’s legacy, South Africans needed to constantly remind themselves of his principles.

“It is a principle that must guide those who control the levers of state power. It must guide those who exercise economic power. We cannot accept the wasteful use of public resources. We cannot accept the misuse of public resources,” he said.

He noted that the Mandela’s legacy extends beyond the rights achieved and the lives improved, adding that Madiba understood that revolution is grounded in morality, and politics must be bound by principle.”He understood that a society such as ours, which is characterised by such enormous disparities of wealth and opportunity, is not only unsustainable, it is also morally indefensible. For Nelson Mandela, morality was not theoretical, it was practical.”There is something profoundly wrong with a world in which so many have so little, and so few have so much. It explains why the movement that Madiba led has consistently asserted a bias towards the poor and the working class. It is why we have always sought to choose the side of the oppressed, the marginalised and the exploited.” – SAnews.gov.za

Source : SAnews.gov.za