Zuma calls on South Africans to use Mandela Day to fight against poverty

While the president calls for the end to poverty, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund says poverty leaves children vulnerable.

Cabinet members in their Mandela Day shirts. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG – President Jacob Zuma has called on South Africans to use this Mandela Day to advance the fight against poverty.

The president’s called for the promotion of the food gardens for households, support for cooperatives, and other initiatives that will help alleviate poverty and improve the quality of life.

While the president calls for the end to poverty, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund says poverty leaves children vulnerable.

The fund’s CEO Sibongile Mkhabela says, “One child said she had to walk to school over 15 km and she told me that some of her friends didn’t survive and have dropped out of school some of them, and some of them have unfortunately being raped.

“So every time she leaves home to go to school, it’s a nightmare for them.”

Mkhabela was speaking on the sidelines of discussions with young people in the build up to Mandela Day celebrations.