Unity the keyword as South Africa celebrates Heritage Day

Artist Esther Mahlangu from the Ndebele Nation is known for her bold, large paintings that reference the IsiNdebele culture.

Artist Esther Mahlangu from the Ndebele Nation is known for her bold, large paintings that reference the IsiNdebele culture.(SABC)

President Jacob Zuma has appealed for South Africans to protect women and children from abuse.

He was delivering the Heritage Day keynote address in Kameelrivier, Mpumalanga.

Zuma has urged community members to stop those engaging in cultural practices that violate the rights of children.

“Our constitution and culture promotes safety and security for all. I appeal to all the people of South Africa to protect women and children from abuse and cold blooded murders. Let us also stop cultural practices that violate the rights of young children, such as forced marriages. Let us also ensure maximum health, safety and security in the initiation schools.”

Meanwhile, Limpopo Acting Premier, Jerry Ndou says South Africa belongs to all who live in it.

Addressing thousands people attending the Provincial Heritage Day Celebration at the Seshego Stadium outside Polokwane, Ndou said heritage united people of different cultures.

He says the 2017 Heritage celebration is about former ANC liberation fighter Oliver Reginald Tambo’s legacy.

Chief Secretary of the Afrikaner bond, Jan Bosman, says South Africans must not let history be repeated by allowing a new form of apartheid.

He was speaking during a Heritage Day panel discussion.

Bosman says people should not be excluded from positions because of ethnicity.

“I think it was a policy that had its ideas within an ideal that wanted to be achieved, and the word apartheid flowed. Peter Swart, in the promotion of Afrikaaners, I think the focus was only on Afrikaaners and the detriment of other populations in South Africa. But what I want to take from the past, is to say that we never need to repeat the history again in the country. But we are repeating it again, and excluding people again, and having a new form of apartheid in South Africa that we cannot afford in this country.”

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Source: SABC

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