KwaZulu-Natal today joined the rest of the country in remembering those who fought and sacrificed their lives in the fight for human rights, equality and dignity for all South Africans as we commemorated Human Rights Day.
This year’s provincial commemoration was held in oPongolo in Zululand District, an area which saw its fair share of brutality mated out by apartheid forces and political violence.
Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala, who represented Premier T.W Mchunu at the event, said the commemoration of days like Human Rights Day gives the country an opportunity to sit back and evaluate our achievements.
“It is because of government’s programs of promoting human rights that we have been able to increase the country’s literacy rate, provide social grants to more deserving people, provide medical care to people infected by the HIV virus, and provide housing programs for the poor, among other things,” said Zikalala.
He emphasized that the fight to promote human rights must be accompanied by actions that will enhance the dignity of all South Africans, through the provision of infrastructure and development in areas that were lacking in this regard in the past.
“We are making this commitment that government will do all that is necessary to accelerate development through the combined efforts of all spheres of government,” said Zikalala.
During the visit to the area, Zikalala dropped in on mkhulu Mbangiseni Elijah Mavimbela, a 104 year old Belgrade resident.
Issued by KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government