TRIBUTE TO DR ZOLA SKWEYIYA

  • May 03, 2018 | Glacier Nkhwashu


TRIBUTE TO DR ZOLA SKWEYIYA


Speaker, it was Abraham Lincoln who said: ‘Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power’.
Speaker, in adversity and in power …
…as a member of the ANC and Umkhonto weSizwe and in exile; as a negotiator and constitution-builder; as Minister in Government; and as Diplomat, Dr. Skweyiya remained true to his principles … 
…. putting the people first …. and advocating for social justice and equality.
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Speaker, Dr Skweyiya’s character was epitomised during his tenure as our first post-apartheid Minister of Public Administration. 
It was under his Leadership that the Batho Pele principles …
… of a putting the people first were developed.
Likewise, Speaker, as Minister of Social Development, Dr. Skweyiya championed much of our system of social and poverty alleviation systems and mechanisms. 
Not only did Dr. Skweyiya help develop our Constitutional order and its vision of a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights …
… but he gave effect thereto.
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‘Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power’
We salute this this man of character who dedicated his life to the struggle for democracy, social justice and a better life for all …
… and who remained true to his character despite the attainment of power.
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TRIBUTE TO MS WINNIE MADIKIZELA-MANDELA, MP
Speaker, in life and in death Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has been admired and venerated, and denounced and vilified.
More recently, the past has been revisited and history contended.
New narratives have been posited, persons and institutions smeared – with or without foundation or fact – to advance partisan and populist interests.
There have been disputes over what she stood for and even contestations over the ownership of her legacy.
Somewhere, amongst the cacophony of noise, rhetoric, smoke and mirrors and narrow interests lies the truth in its nakedness.
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The Congress of the People pays tribute to the role played and untold sacrifices made by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in the resistance against apartheid and in the struggle for our liberation; acknowledges the incomprehensible pain, suffering and anguish that she endured at the hands of the inhumane apartheid regime, both physically and mentally; thanks her family for the unimaginable sacrifices endured and commiserates with them at this time.
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