Hon President you are a prisoner of the ANC Interjections Break away from that

Hon president you are a prisoner of the anc

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Hon President, you are a prisoner of the ANC. [Interjections.] Break away from that! Then you can save South Africa. Then you can save the economy. I thank you. [Interjections.] Ms N T MKATSHWA: Hon Speaker, Chairperson of the NCOP, President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President of our country, hon David Mabuza, hon Chief Whip of the Majority Party, Ministers and Deputy Ministers, hon Members of
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 92 Parliament, distinguished guests and fellow South Africans, today, 65 years ago, thousands of activists gathered in Kliptown to lay out a vision for a South Africa that we today inherit. The vision, aspirations and dreams of our people were documented in what became known as the Freedom Charter - the backbone of the Constitution, which guides the work of this House. Comrade President as a member of this House, who is a young black woman, I stand on the shoulders of the women who played a role in the drafting of the Freedom Charter; I stand on the shoulders of Ruth First, Dora Tamana, Albertina Sisulu, Beata Lipman, and others. Comrade President, I stand on the shoulders of the first women to form part of the first parliament of our young democracy. I can only but imagine the suffocation they endured in that boy’s choir of an executive. Today, as we young women join them on these benches, I draw strength from their resilience. In fact, I stand their resilience. Murhangeri wa tiko [Leader of the nation], it is with no doubt
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 93 that under this democratic South Africa, the future of the children of this nation can only get brighter. South African youth are doing amazing things in various spheres of society locally and internationally. Just look at ShoMadjozi’s recent achievement. However, allow me to share my activist colleague, Dr Sithembile Mbete’s conversation with a 9-year-old girl whom when she asked: what do you want to be when you grow up? The young girl responded by saying “sizobona”. Allow me to share, Ms Shaeera Kalla’s conversation with a 20-year- old young man at Rosebank Mall, whom when she asked what his dreams were, the young boy responded, “I have no dreams, let me first survive tomorrow”. President Ramaphosa, we must ensure that the gloom that hovers over parts of our country does not strip away young people from their right to envision to dream and imagine bright, healthy and meaningful lives. The process of envisioning one’s future should not be a privilege.
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 94 Comrade President we continue to build our nation and design the social fabric of our society - sleepless nights we must have, unsettled by the realities of these two young people and many like them.
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