Celebrating Freedom Day - A message from Dr Ben Khumalo-Seegelken for us

Over two decades after Chris Hani pronounced the wishes and hopes some of which have become part of the constitution and the laws of the country, civil society faces the challenge to stand our ground and renew our strength.

The generation following us will be able to identify and tackle the burning issues at least as effectively as our generation has sometimes managed to do. Ours is to continue making them aware of [“sensitizing” them for] the struggle we are part of; we have to continue encouraging them to grow into the structures and networks we have been able to establish up to now, and to acquaint them with the paths and the skills we have been able to discover and develop.

Today and tomorrow there is and there will be the need to “khuluma!” [“speak (out)!”]; the Struggle after the Struggle – what I chose to call “responsible citizenry” - is, in fact, what civic commitment is all about, - the very heart of democracy and the primary and foremost manner of starting to “do” [to implement the values and convictions] what Chris Hani and generations before him had lived to see being realized: KHULUMANI – Asikhulume! J

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