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Kathrada to students: Democracy a work in progress

Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada has urged young people to be more patient about their grievances.

Denis Goldberg and Ahmed Kathrada lay wreaths at the Sharpeville Memorial Centre paying tribute to those who fought during the liberation struggle. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada says while he understands the frustrations of young people, they need to remember that democracy is a work in progress.

Kathrada and fellow anti-apartheid veteran Denis Goldberg laid wreaths at the Sharpeville Memorial Centre today paying tribute to those who fought during the liberation struggle.

#RivoniaTrialists Goldberg tells matrics "Look at you , you can go to school, you have opportunities , seize them " ZN

#RivoniaTrialists Goldberg : I don't mean to preach but I'm offended by the lack of recognition of the things that have been done. ZN

#RivoniaTrialists Goldberg : things have changed. When I went to university it used to only be white faces.

They will be receiving the freedom of the Sedibeng Municipality Awards later today.

Kathrada urged young people to be more patient about their grievances, saying 22 years of democracy are not enough to erase hundreds of years of oppression.

He said while he understood and sympathised with the frustrations of young people, they needed to make use of the available avenues to exercise their power, starting with their votes during this year's local government elections.

"I can just wish that young people will take the fullest advantage of all the avenues that are open to make known their grievances, demands and their expectations."

Anti-apartheid veteran Andrew Mlangeni was also meant to attend today's proceeding but he's currently receiving treatment in hospital.

#RivoniaTrialists A plaque has been unveiled to celebrate the efforts of the stalwarts. ZN pic.twitter.com/K4TEPaOjsx

The struggle stalwarts have also pledged their support for the Racism Must Fall campaign.

#RivoniaTrialists Veterans Denis Goldberg and Ahmed Kathrada declaring that #RacismMustFall . ZN pic.twitter.com/4U3H1AmI1j