Issued by the Office of the Provincial Secretary
The ANC congratulates all the Eastern Cape icons that today have received awards in the National Orders Awards Ceremony.
It prides us as a Province to continue being acknowledged for the role our icons have played in the struggle.
We are a generation that benefited from the sacrifiesis they made, as there are many more generations to benefit, we view this kind of acknowledgement very seriously. These are the people who gave up their lives for all South Africans to be free from the bondages and cruelty of apartheid oppression.
Today we enjoy the fruits of their sacrifice. We have a South Africa that is for the people and governed by the people. We have a country where people elect their representatives in government. We have a constituiton that recognises every human as equal. We have a society where everyone is free to associate and join a political organisation of her/his choice
No matter some today may deny these achievements because of their own political agendas, majority of South Africans can attest to these benefits as their own. Even if we have not achieved the goal of economic freedom, many lives have been changed and are living better lives. Many communities are not the same.
We are about to excesise our democratic right on local government elections in August the 3rd, it is because of these icons. We invite all Eastern Cape people to celebrate the freedom and the domocratic right fought for by these people who are acknowledged today. We also call all of citizens to be proud and take it as their responsibility to defend it and its gains.
This statement must be attributed to the ANC EC Provincial Secretary, Cde Oscar Mabuyane.
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