NOT everyone was in a celebratory mood yesterday!
“If the ANC does to you what the apartheid government did to you, then you must do to the ANC what you did to the apartheid government.”
These words were spoken by Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter Ndileka Mandela, who attended the anti-Zuma Freedom Day rally in Tshwane yesterday.
Mandela was also joined by the late president’s former secretary, Zelda le Grange.
They were part of a crowd of about 5 000 people who had gathered at the Caledonian Stadium in Arcadia.
They were joined by religious leaders and opposition parties who came together to call on President Jacob Zuma to step down.
The EFF was absent, while the DA painted the stadium blue as they came out in large numbers.
The masses carried the red cards used by soccer referees to declare it was game over for Zuma
Party leaders Mmusi Maimane of the DA‚ Mosiuoa Lekota of Cope‚ Bantu Holomisa of the UDM and ACDP’s Reverend Kenneth Meshoe addressed the crowds.
Ndileka said government is failing its citizens.
“We want them to defend the democracy that was earned by our forefathers.”
- CAPE TOWN: Freedom Day celebrations were held at Eyethu Community Centre in Khayelitsha.
DA Khayelitsha leader Tandeka Gqada said young South Africans are not free.
“How can you be free when you don’t have a job?” she asked.
DA acting Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela said: “We cannot celebrate while most people are getting grants instead of jobs.”
- Meanwhile, civic groups such as Ndifuna Ukwazi, the Social Justice Coalition and Sonke Gender Coalition came together under the banner #UniteBehind.
Ndifuna Ukwazi’s Zackie Achmat said the country needs an “accountable, ethical and effective government in order to achieve a just and equal democracy.”