National Assembly: Cape Town, 24 November 2011
Traditionally farewells are a time
for reflection and reconciliation. Parliament has closed its
deliberations this year during a political phase of divisions.
Next year will see the centennial celebrations of our country's
most important liberation movement, the first liberation
movement in Africa.
The spirit of unity can only stem out of truth
and political maturity. Truth and political maturity go hand in
hand. I was very pleased that last night, at the Speaker's year
end function, we all received a copy of Madiba's most recent
book, titled "Conversations With Myself". I believe we need to
regain Madiba's spirit of reconciliation and truthfulness.
For instance, that book publishes in full a
letter that Madiba wrote to my wife, Princess Irene. As a single
document, that letter vindicates the truth about my role in the
liberation struggle and dispels twenty years of lies and
vilification. This was an important gesture on the side of
Madiba to foster truth and reconciliation.
Perhaps during the holidays, Members of this House may
find the time to read that historical document.
Madiba has given us many lessons in political
maturity. The agenda for reconciliation is far from complete.
The threat of fundamental divisions remains. I am committed to
national reconciliation. We should leave this Parliament this
year in that spirit.
Some of us will meet tomorrow night to launch
the Parliamentary Institute of South Africa, which wishes to be
an expression of political maturity by bringing together Members
of this House across party political divides, so that we may
speak to one another under rules of confidentiality - but not
secrecy - and openly share our dialogue with captains of
industry, journalists, academics and leaders of civil society.
This is a sign of the type of political maturity we must promote
in our country.
I wish all the Members of this House, and
their families, sufficient peace to always hear and follow the
dictates of their conscience. Our conscience is the door through
which God Almighty guides us. May God be with you and guide you
at all times. I pray for all of us to allow God Almighty to make
His voice heard in a special manner during the upcoming holiday
season, so that we may receive guidance in all that we do for
the sake of our country.
Ms Liezl van der Merwe
Press Officer to Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP
on 082 729 2510