The Free State MEC for the Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (Destea), Makalo Mohale, gave the annul Freedom Charter Memorial Lecture at the Botshabelo Council Chambers recently.
The aim of the memorial lecture was to celebrate the establishment of the Freedom Charter. In the memorial lecture Mohale said: “While we have come a long way as a country, politically we need to deal with the adversities that still define us in terms of what we have, where we stay, where we go to school and so forth.
“The subject is also central to nation building, to addressing the disadvantages which apartheid imposed on the black population, and to building an integrated society and nation. The democratic state should be bold enough to undertake a decisive programme that will affect ownership of the strategic factors of production for the benefit of the majority of South Africans,” stated Mohale.
He also emphasised that without radical economic transformation, our young democracy will remain indefensible in the eyes of the black majority and this will continue to encourage racial tensions to some degree.
“Within just more than 25 years we have tried to correct things that have happened over 300 years. We must be mindful of the fact that it is much easier to lose than to forget political freedom. The price of its maintenance is constant vigilance. The price of its recapture once lost is generally a far messier business,” concluded Mohale.