South Africa’s Heritage Day: Zuma Blames Apartheid For Corruption

President Jacob Zuma has once against denied that his administration has supported the spread of Corruption in South Africa than the past leaders. In his speech at a heritage day celebration event in Siyabuswa, Mpumalanga, Zuma traced the root of corruption in South Africa to the apartheid era which gave uncontrolled power to the white minority.

According to him, the apartheid was a corrupt and violent system of governance which kept people in subjugation but that his government was up and doing in terms of reversing the damaging effect corruption has had on the country’s growth and development. “Let us unite against corruption and crime in our communities and in our country. These scourges should not divide us at all,” Zuma said while pointing out that his Radical economic transformation is the major tool with which corruption and economic inequality will be wiped out from South Africa.

Zuma further stated that there has been a visible improvement of the socio-economic conditions of millions of people as his administration is doing its best to ensure that more people get access to water, electricity, housing, education, health and other basic services. “We have indicated that we will build a better South Africa for all, through radical socio-economic transformation, ensuring that the ownership, control and management of the economy is de-racialised and is not in the hands of white compatriots only.”

Speaking further on how to promote South Africa’s culture and heritage as symbolised in the Heritage day, Zuma charged citizens to always be informed by the Constitution and the values it espouses. “Our constitution and our culture actually promote safety and security of all” he said “Non-racial unity decisively emerged during the mass campaigns of the 1940’s and 1950’s against apartheid repression. Indeed we have a rich liberation heritage which should inform how we take South Africa forward in unity,” Zuma said.

“We have indicated that we will build a better South Africa for all, through radical socio-economic transformation, ensuring that the ownership, control and management of the economy is de-racialised and is not in the hands of white compatriots only.” Meanwhile, ANC’s former Chief Whip in the National Assembly Nathi Mthethwa has reminded South Africa’s citizens of the importance of celebrating the heritage day, saying: “Our heritage tells a story of who we are and our ancestral lineage. It builds our identity.”

 

Heritage Day is an important public holiday in South Africa as it recognises different aspects of South African culture and encourages South Africans across the spectrum to celebrate their cultural heritage, the diversity of their beliefs and different traditions. The day also embraces the various languages that have become entrenched in our cultural milieu.

Zuma paid homage to women, students, the working class citizens, the South African Communist Party and black consciousness leader Steve Biko for their role in the liberation, which he said is central to the theme of non-racialism.

“Throughout the twentieth century, the ANC consciously fostered the unity of the broadest range of forces opposed to the racist state…. Non-racial unity decisively emerged during the mass campaigns of the 1940’s and 1950’s against apartheid repression. Indeed we have a rich liberation heritage which should inform how we take South Africa forward in unity,” Zuma said.

 

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