A lot needs to be done - opposition
Opposition parties used Freedom Day celebrations to remind government much still needs to be done.
Opposition parties used Freedom Day celebrations to remind government much still needs to be done to develop South Africa.
President Jacob Zuma celebrated the country’s 18th Freedom Day at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Friday.
Cope President Mosioua Lekota said corruption remains a problem that must be dealt with.
“Ensure that our local, provincial and national government is run by law abiding people.”
The Democratic Alliance’s Walmot James raised the plight of children.
“We must do a better job at giving our children an education they can use to reach the heights their talents allow for a fruitful and joyful life.”
Zuma said his government was committed to ensuring prosperity for all.
Meanwhile, Zuma also paid homage to great South Africans of the past and those who continue to contribute to the country.
The president hosted the national orders awards in pretoria last night where 31 people, including three foreigners, were honoured.
Zuma said the orders were purposely held on Freedom Day.
“Today we are honouring all deserving people and patriotic South Africans as well as our international friends as an important reminder of the history of this country.”
He urged South Africans not to take freedom for granted.
“We are reminded that the freedom that we enjoy today came at a huge personal cost.”
Meanwhile, musician Johnny Clegg spoke about the significance of the awards and those who received them.
“All of the recipients tonight were operating independently. They were following a vision or a dream and they managed to carry on regardless of the obstacles.”
(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)