Use Mandela Day to build a caring society: Zuma

JULY 18, 2015

South Africans have been called by President Jacob Zuma to dedicate themselves to building a united and more caring society.

The country has already begun participating in activities to mark International Mandela Day which is held annually on 18 July - the late former President's birthday.

The day gives everyone the opportunity to heed the call to action for people to recognise their individual power to make an imprint and change the world around them.

The President, in his message for Mandela Day, said Madiba was the founding father of South Africa’s democracy.

“[He] dedicated 67 years of his life to the struggle to create a better South Africa. He fought against discrimination and became a symbol of the struggle to end racism, sexism and all forms of human degradation.

“In his memory, let us rededicate ourselves to unity, love, forgiveness, reconciliation, respect for one another and tolerance.

“More importantly, let us recommit to eliminate all social ills from our communities such as the abuse of women and children, the abuse of drugs and other substances, crime and hooliganism, including acts of disobedience, disrespect and destruction of property, as well as the violence that usually accompanies these kinds of actions.”

He urged the country to, in unity, take forward Madiba’s vision of ending poverty, inequality and unemployment and to build a more prosperous society in which all, especially the poor and the working class, are assured a better life.

President Zuma wished the country a fruitful and productive Mandela Day. –