The year of the Freedom Charter

BY MATTHEW COLLINS - JANUARY 12, 2015

President Jacob Zuma recently stated that the African National Congress (ANC) will strive to uphold the ideals held within the Freedom Charter, a document which will, in June this year, celebrate its 60th anniversary.

In recording the demands of many South Africans, in terms of what they believed should constitute a future South Africa, the Congress of the People Campaign paved the way for the ANC and its anti-apartheid allies – collectively known as the Congress Alliance – to meet in Kliptown, Soweto on the 25th and 26th of June 1955 to announce a document which would encourage the future values of the nation.

The Freedom Charter, as it would be known, states that South Africa belongs to all those who live in it and that the nation cannot move forward without the equality that many had fought so hard for to achieve.

Within the Charter, ten clauses stand out in voicing the prescripts for the nation – clauses which the ANC have stated will continue to provide the cornerstone for the country.

These main clauses are as follows:

  1. The people shall govern.
  2. All national groups shall have equal rights.
  3. The people shall share in the country’s wealth.
  4. The land shall be shared among those who work it.
  5. All shall be equal before the law.
  6. All shall enjoy equal human rights.
  7. There shall be work and security.
  8. The doors of learning and culture shall be opened.
  9. There shall be houses, security and comfort.
  10. There shall be peace and friendship.

 

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