Member's Statement -
By JH Van Der Merwe MP
Chief Whip of the IFP

National Assembly Cape Town: Thursday, 3 November 2011   



Honourable Speaker:


I have been deeply troubled for some time about what I believe to be a lack of full and meaningful reconciliation between the people of South Africa.


I was fortunate to meet with Rev Jesse Jackson in Johannesburg last week. He gave us a prophetic message, one which I want to share with all of you today.


In respect of the struggle, and reconciliation, he had a very clear message which deeply spoke to me. He suggested as a solution: "Forgive, redeem and move on." This was a deeply moving and wise message.


Senator Jackson also added: "In some point of time, we must allow God's hand to cover us all."


I wish to appeal to all the people of this wonderful country to follow the advice of this wonderful man and one of the world's most famous struggle heroes.


Indeed, let us heed his call. Let us forgive, redeem and move on. And let us allow God's hand to cover us all.


I thank you.


Mr Koos van der Merwe MP
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