Motlanthe: Newly graduated MPs must serve communities

Kgalema Motlanthe told MPs to use their knowledge to benefit broader society.

FILE: Former President Kgalema Motlanthe. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former president Kgalema Motlanthe has told several parliamentarians graduating at the University of Witwatersrand today to use education to level the playing fields of inequality and to continue pursuing knowledge after achieving power.

Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of Provincial Legislatures (MPLs) were among students who graduated, several of whom have taken part in a development programme between the state and the University of Johannesburg.

In his brief address Motlanthe told graduates to use what they have learned to not only benefit their families but also the broader community.

"I encourage you to put to good use the knowledge and values you've gained not only to lift your families and communities, but also to impart your rare learning to develop others who will definitely come after you."

Motlanthe congratulated MPs and MPLs for furthering their education.

"In a country that comes from an all-too-familiar history of lack of passion for education, it is tempting to rest on one's laurels, especially after entering the corridors of legislatures and Parliament. Yet you chose the demanding path of learning."

He also said initiatives such as the one between Wits and the state had enhanced government's performance.