National Celebration Of Heritage Day 2010
Message Of Support From Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP
President Of The Inkatha Freedom Party
Delivered On His Behalf By Professor Christian Msimang MP
Deputy Secretary-General Of Inkatha Freedom Party

   

 

Durban Stadium: 24 September 2010

 

As we celebrate Heritage Day in the wake of our successful hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, I - like every South African - am proud of my country.

The significance of this international event held on South African soil transcends the beautiful game. It spoke of South Africa's firm footing in the international arena.

 

We have forged a new platform for national unity. Never before in South Africa's history have our people been so unified. Never before have we seen South Africans from all walks of life doing the same thing, at the same time, for the same reason; until the Soccer World Cup. The diversity of the spectators was remarkable.

 

I regret that we have not yet seen that kind of diversity in the crowds that gather to celebrate our national days. I had hoped to see the national unity we built during June and July spill over into a new dynamic when it comes to celebrating together as a nation. If soccer can unite us, why should Heritage Day still see us divided?

 

Our successful hosting of the World Cup now leaves us with a tremendous challenge. We have proven to our people what we are capable of and we have raised their expectations. We managed to pull together enormous resources in a short space of time. We upgraded infrastructure that has long been in need of attention. We even relocated Durban International Airport.

 

If we are able to do all this, our people are certainly going to ask why we are not able to address the daily challenges they face. For better or worse, our government has raised the bar, and now, we must rise to meet it.