Union Buildings, Pretoria: 27 April 2011
On behalf of the Inkatha Freedom Party, and its
President Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, it is my privilege to express
the IFP's support for today's celebration. Across South Africa, in
every province, we remember the moment on the 27th of April 1994
when, for the first time, we went as a nation to the polls in our
first democratic national elections. It was a victory for all of us.
We will mark that moment in our history for generations to come.
The IFP supports the theme of this year's
celebration: Working Together to Unite Our Nation, Promote Democracy
and Protect Our Freedom. The IFP has been working towards this goal
for 35 years, and we still work every day to achieve the realisation
of this great vision for South Africa.
We believe that protecting our democracy means
strengthening opposition politics, and strengthening our independent
institutions like the Public Protector and the IEC. We believe that
uniting our nation depends upon our ability to forge a common future
in which every South African can claim a stake, regardless of race
or background or economic circumstance. We believe that protecting
our freedom means speaking the truth to power and ensuring that the
liberties we struggled for are never taken for granted, while the
power we secured is never abused.
This is a challenge for all our nation's leaders,
and it is a challenge that the IFP has taken to heart. We are proud
to celebrate Freedom Day together with every South African, for we
remain on the side of the people. The IFP salutes the ordinary men
and women who brought us liberty through their extraordinary acts of
bravery and sacrifice. May we continue to build on the foundation of
their efforts as we work together for a united future.
I thank you.