|South Africa's National Liberation Movement|
2 June 2012
President of the Veterans League
The leadership of the Veterans League
The leadership of ANCYL, ANCWL, MKMVA respectively
Members of our Alliance
It is always a great honour to address the veterans of our movement. We are indeed humbled to be in the presence of men and women who have committed decade after decade of their lives to our glorious movement in the quest to see an equal, non-racial and non-sexist South Africa.
This is a special year for the African National Congress as we continue to celebrate one hundred years of a selfless struggle towards the total liberation of our people. All of you seated here today have witnessed the transformation of our movement as we went to all the necessary lengths to find answers to the question of providing a better life for all.
As we are seated here today, our regions are also in the process of deliberating on the discussion documents for our upcoming PGC and National Policy Conference. Once again our organisation is involved in the process of shaping the route that will eventually see the masses of our people receiving quality education and health care services, skills and job opportunities as well the fertile land that was violently taken away from them. We do believe that your wealth of knowledge and experience will provide leadership in shaping Limpopo`s position on these matters.
Our province will be the host for the centenary celebrations in the month of July. We have the great privilege of commemorating the Presidency of our great leader, our father Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. As we receive the centennial flame we must uphold the spirit of this great veteran and stalwart of our movement. The Limpopo celebrations must set a standard because our province has so much to rejoice as we have contributed enormously to the struggle since its commencement in 1912.
Amongst the people who attended the launching Conference of the ANC from our province were KgoshiKgolo Sekhukhune wa bo bedi and Ntate Sefako Mapogo Makgatho who was elected the President of the African National Congress in 1917. This is also the province of cde John Phala, John Kgoana Nkadimeng, Godfrey Mogaramedi Sekhukhune, Flag Boshielo, Elias Motsoaledi, Oriah Ratsoma, Phirime Mashego, Pharephare Mothupi, Ike Maphotho, Lawrence Phokanoka, Mark Shope and Peter Mokaba. All of us must celebrate these and all other comrades with the vigour befitting of such a monumental milestone of our movement.
We must keep the ANC alive for many more centuries by making sure that we deliver on our promise to the people. Our movement has always sought to bridge the gaps between the factors that divide us as a society. We won our first struggle against a regime that robbed the indigenous people of their lives, dignity, adult suffrage and opportunity to live to their full potential. It is now time to win the struggle against poverty. It is now time to see a tangible transformation in the economy of our country such that we can boldly say that South Africa belongs to all those who live in it.
The journey is continuing, it will be long and it will be hard. We will stumble and fall, we will bleed at the knees, we will have to climb mountains and pick thorns from our calloused feet but we will reach the Promised Land.
I thank you.