JOHANNESBURG, As South Africa commemorates Freedom Day on Thursday, Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has called on young people in the country to guard and respect their freedom.
Many people in the world died in order for you to enjoy this freedom. We owe it to those who paid the supreme price for us to be here today. This freedom came at a huge cost and the youth should guard it jealously, [along with] the democracy that comes with it, said Dlodlo Tuesday.
She was addressing learners from schools around Gauteng Province during a Youth Dialogue held at Liliesleaf Farm here, which used to be the nerve centre of the liberation movement and a place of refuge for its leaders. The objective of the dialogue was to start on-going discussions with the youth on what it means to them to OWN YOUR FREEDOM, the tag used to follow the discussion on social media.
The learners voiced their views on what they think works well and doesn’t in the country, and the areas in which they would like to see improvements from government and corporate South Africa.
The Minister said even while she was in exile, the resolve to see the country liberated remained strong. With no political education and degrees, we understood the politics of the world and balance of forces around the world. Peace became our [guide], and that’s the peace we leave to you to fight for, Dlodlo said.
She said the new democratic government had opened up a world of possibilities that did not exist before 1994. She encouraged learners to exercise their rights and responsibilities prudently.
The government is enjoined by the Constitution to ensure that the environment is conducive for you to exercise your fundamental human rights, Dlodlo said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK