Live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others

by Jane Sithole DA MPL Speech delivered during the Freedom Day Debate in the Mpumalanga Legislature Hon. Speaker, we give this day to all the heroes and heroines of our beautiful country and the rest of the world who surrendered their lives so that we could be free. This freedom gives me and women like myself, the confidence to be who we are. To be comfortable in my own skin and to be who I want to be without having to explain myself to anyone. The sacrifices they made in many ways gave me the freedom to choose my dress, my affiliation, my association, my organisation, my DA, my future. The violence and insults that women face on a daily basis reminds us of how risky it is to be born a girl. Our’s should be to enhance the freedom of other women and not stifle it for our own selfish reasons or political gain. Hon Speaker, like Helen Suzman once said “it takes nothing to stand with the crowd but it takes everything to stand alone”. It is our duty to promote and protect the fundamental freedom of all citizens. Every person should feel free to choose a political party of their choice without being labelled, called names, insulted, ridiculed or intimidated. That Hon. Speaker is called respecting other people’s freedom. Hailing insults and spitting venom, will not change the fact that this government is failing to transform the lives of ordinary South Africans. The real scandal Hon. Speaker is the fact that those who are elected to serve the people are obsessed with self-enrichment and have forgotten how this freedom came about. Levels of poverty have worsened and inequality remains with us 20 odd years after Apartheid because of the ANC’s failure to transform South Africa. All we hear every single day is the same rhetoric, “we are the gigantic organisation”, “ke rena ba mokgahlo o mogolo”, “go busha rena”, just to arouse people’s emotions while our country is burning to ashes. How can you say you are free when you are unemployed, when you can’t put food on the table, when you can’t sleep in your own house without fear, when you are afraid to take your loved ones to a public health facility? Is that freedom? As individuals, while we are entitled to our freedom, we should also respect the freedom of others. Hon. Speaker, the DA will continue the fight through this house and other means until we build a nation where all South Africans can experience the freedoms of democracy. We will continue to do so without any fear and favour. There is no amount of name calling, ridicule and intimidation that will stop us. I thank you [END] ##################################################################################### Scanned by MailMarshal – M86 Security’s comprehensive email content security solution. Download a free evaluation of MailMarshal at www.m86security.com #####################################################################################