Deputy President Cyril
Ramaphosa while addressing the Freedom Charter Forum on Tuesday said the recent
attacks on foreign nationals have no place in a country like ours which is
founded on its Constitution, that guarantees the rights and dignity of all
He added that sixty-years
later we celebrate the Freedom Charter as an enduring vision of a free and
democratic society that continues to inspire and guide our struggle.
Ramaphosa said we should have
a discall, a concerted drive to eradicate poverty and to reduce inequality,
this imperative is central also to the priorities outlined in the National
Development Plan and the outcomes contained in the governance medium term
Ramaphosa said as we grapple
with this momentous task we need to turn to the Freedom Charter for guidance,
inspiration and perspective.
Meanwhile while address the
forum Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said over the last six decades there has
been much debate about the ideological intent of the Freedom Charter.
He has encouraged for an
in-depth debate on the charter.
Ramaphosa said the Freedom
Charter should indeed be debated. It needs to be interpreted and where needs be
it needs to be critiqued and we want people to debate it fully and discuss the
Ramaphosa said we must
understand that the Charter is not a set of policy instruments; it is a vision
of a new society, as former President Oliver Thambo said to which we must give
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