Kathrada: Let's concentrate on Madiba's legacy

Kathrada also lamented the recent xenophobic attacks in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

Ahmed Kathrada, politician and previous political prisoner, stands with the new Mandela bust unveiled in Cape Town on Freedom Day. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada on Monday said South Africans can't expect government to eradicate the problems born out of apartheid alone.

Speaking at the Freedom Day unveiling of a Nelson Mandela bust in Cape Town, Kathrada lamented the recent xenophobic unrest saying it contradicts the country's fight for freedom.

Kathrada was among the small crowd that gathered at Cape Town City Hall today.

Kathrada spoke about his close friendship with Madiba.

"It's an experience that's unforgettable. It will always be remembered, not only for me as a person, but for the history of our country."

He also lamented the recent xenophobic attacks in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

"We must concentrate on writing the wrongs that are happening. Let us concentrate on the legacy of Madiba."

The bust is available for public viewing from today.

Meanwhile, Deputy Human Settlements Minister Zoe Kota Fredericks said the recent xenophobic attacks have made this year's Freedom Day difficult for many to enjoy.

She attended a prayer meeting in Gugulethu in the Western Cape earlier.

It was one of several events held across the country to mark 21 years since South Africa's first democratic elections.

She says immigrants have the right to be protected.

"In that constitution we've said there's no discrimination of any kind of person by any person. We are all equal before the law - so foreign nationals that are within our borders must feel free to move up and down in South Africa."