By Jane Sithole MPL, Chief Whip of the official opposition:
The following debate was delivered today in Nkomazi by the Chief Whip of the official opposition, Jane Sithole MPL, during a snap debate on Heritage Day. Taking Legislature to the People.
A person’s heritage is made up of the practices and traditions that are passed on from generation to generation.
On this day I’m once again reminded of heroes like Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Helen Suzman, who in their different ways chose peace above revenge and personal interest. They have left us with a heritage to be proud of and a sense of duty and pride. The legacy of those who came before us becomes our heritage.
Let me remind this house Hon. Speaker that the struggle against Apartheid was not just a struggle, but it was a struggle for political choice. It was not just a struggle to vote, but a struggle to vote for a political party of your choice. Something the ruling party obviously doesn’t understand.
Hon. Speaker, heritage is not only about celebrating ANC struggle heroes, it’s about a government that entrench the conditions in which every citizen is allowed to be who they want to be, make their own choices and realise their full potential.
Hon. Speaker, as a nation, as individuals, whatever we leave behind, through our actions, will ultimately be a heritage for generations to come. Let it be a heritage which those who will come after us can be proud of. Only then can we say, without brainwashing people, that this generation has a good story to tell.
The Democratic Alliance is not only my political home, it is not only my choice, it is my future and it is the HERITAGE that I’m going to leave for my children and grandchildren.
When you stress materialism, like this government does; personal enrichment, like this government does; and racial hatred, like this government does, that is the heritage that you’re going to leave for future generations to come, and that is no good story to tell.
We must focus on building a united South Africa – free from poverty, racial hatred, discrimination and corruption, a nation committed to building a successful and prosperous future, a nation where opportunities exist for each individual to realise their potential and where our education system produces world class learners equipped to take their rightful place in our economy.
That Hon Speaker is why I and the DA are committed to bringing South Africans together, to bring change to our nation and build a heritage where every citizen can be proud of who they are, where they come from and most importantly, what we leave behind for generations to come.
Our principles are underpinned by the values we share, which are based on FREEDOM, FAIRNESS AND OPPORTUNITY for all South Africans.
I thank you