Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

10 April 2014

South Africa: Vavi At the Gathering - Inching Closer to the Promises of the Freedom Charter

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Those who fought for freedom set some lofty ideals for the rebuilding of our country. Two decades into democracy, how are we shaping up? In some areas better than others. A speech made by ZWELINZIMA VAVI at The Gathering.

Thank you for inviting me to address you as we prepare to celebrate this important national milestone - 20 years since the overthrow of Apartheid and the establishment of a constitutional democracy - and our elections on 7 May 2014.

I guess you invited me as one of the worker leaders to speak honestly about democracy and state of the working class 20 years into our celebrated democracy. In doing so I will measure our progress against our ideals and ambitions as the primary motive forces of the revolution.

Our national democratic revolution refers to the change we sought throughout the colonial and Apartheid era to defeat oppression and exploitation and replace it with a new South Africa that will be democratic, united, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous: "The NDR has as its primary task the defeat of three interrelated and antagonistic contradictions of national oppression, exploitation and gender triple oppression. In simple terms, black people's oppression was not only based on...

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