It is the safeguard of our independence and the expression of our commitment to human rights. It is the work of the struggles of the masses and embodies the aspirations of millions of South Africans who had a role in crafting it.
It is what unites us. The Constitution is an enduring symbol of our commitment to heal the rifts that once divided us, and to put aside the bitterness of the past to build a common future. Despite the progress we have made, we are still confronted by sinister attempts to undermine the unity of our nation through acts of racism, through attacks on foreign nationals, and in the open display of the old South African flag.
Out of respect for our Constitution — and in defence of our freedom — we reject racism, we reject the pledging of allegiance to a racist past and its symbols, we reject attacks on those who have sought refuge in our country, and we reject violence, insurrection and disregard for the rule of law. The sacrifices of our forebearers were too great, and the price they paid too high, for us to see our hard-won gains diminished by intolerance.
Although we have achieved much in the last 25 years, we still have much further to travel. Our nation can only be truly united when all South Africans have a shared experience of lives of comfort and security. Ours is still a deeply unequal country. There are great divisions between rich and poor, between urban and rural, between men and women, between those with jobs and those who are unemployed, between those who own land and those who were deprived of it.
In the past 25 years considerable progress has been made in improving the material conditions of our people. Working together, we have built housing for millions of South Africans, provided water, sanitation and electricity to poor households across the country. From the dark days of bantu education, we have dramatically expanded access to education — from early childhood development through to school and to university and college.
More than 9 million learners attend no-fee schools, with an equal amount provided with a meal at school. More than 17 million social grants are paid to poor and vulnerable South Africans each month. Through our public employment programmes, we have provided a basic income and work experience and training opportunities for many of the unemployed.
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Over the last 25 years, the economy has doubled in size and the number of people in employment has increased by 8 million. And yet, despite these remarkable achievements, too many of our people still live in poverty, too many are unemployed, too many are homeless, too many do not have the basic necessities of life. As we celebrate 25 years of democracy, we need to focus all our attention and efforts on ensuring that all South Africans can equally experience the economic and social benefits of freedom.
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We cannot be a nation of free people when so many still live in want. We cannot be a nation of free people when so many live without enough food, without proper shelter, without access to quality health care, without a means to earn a living. We cannot be a nation of free people when the residents of places like Makhanda have to go for so long without a reliable supply of clean water. We cannot be a nation of free people when funds meant for the poor are wasted, lost or stolen.
And so we enter the next 25 years of freedom with a renewed determination to realise for all South Africans the promise of the democratic breakthrough of We enter a new phase in the life of our nation determined to build an economy that serves all, to create the jobs that our people need, to develop the skills and talents that the future demands, and to build stable, safe and thriving communities. We do so encouraged by the achievements of the first 25 years of democracy and inspired by the struggles that our people have waged over generations.
Emergency clinics were swamped with injured and bloody children. The police requested that the hospital provide a list of all victims with bullet wounds to prosecute them for rioting.
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The hospital administrator passed this request to the doctors, but the doctors refused to create the list. Doctors recorded bullet wounds as abscesses. The 1, heavily armed police officers deployed to Soweto on 17 June carried weapons including automatic rifles, stun guns, and carbines. The South African Army was also ordered on standby as a tactical measure to show military force. Crowd control methods used by South African police at the time included mainly dispersement techniques. The number of people who died is usually given as with estimates up to The aftermath of the uprising established the leading role of the ANC in the anti-apartheid struggle, as it was the body best able to channel and organise students seeking the end of apartheid.
So, although the BCM's ideas had been important in creating the climate that gave the students the confidence to strike out, it was the ANC's non-racialism which came to dominate the discourse of the anti-apartheid movement amongst blacks. The perspectives set out in Joe Slovo 's essay No Middle Road — written at just this time and predicting the apartheid government had only the choice between more repression and overthrow by the revolutionaries — were highly influential.
The clashes also occurred at a time when the South African Government was being forced to "transform" apartheid in international eyes towards a more "benign" form. This attempt to showcase supposed South African "commitment" to self-determination backfired, however, when Transkei was internationally derided as a puppet state.
For the state the uprising marked the most fundamental challenge yet to apartheid and the economic see below and political instability it caused was heightened by the strengthening international boycott. It was a further 14 years before Nelson Mandela was released, but at no point was the state able to restore the relative peace and social stability of the early s as black resistance grew. Many white South African citizens were outraged at the government's actions in Soweto. The day after the massacre, about white students from the University of the Witwatersrand marched through Johannesburg 's city centre in protest of the killing of children.
Riots also broke out in the black townships of other cities in South Africa. Student organisations directed the energy and anger of the youth toward political resistance. Students in Thembisa organised a successful and non-violent solidarity march, but a similar protest held in Kagiso led to police stopping a group of participants and forcing them to retreat, before killing at least five people while waiting for reinforcements. The violence only died down on 18 June.
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The University of Zululand 's records and administration buildings were set ablaze, and 33 people died in incidents in Port Elizabeth in August. In Cape Town 92 people died between August and September. Most of the bloodshed had abated by the close of , but by that time the death toll stood at more than The continued clashes in Soweto caused economic instability. The South African rand devalued fast and the government was plunged into a crisis.
The African National Congress printed and distributed leaflets with the slogan "Free Mandela, Hang Vorster", immediately linking the language issue to its revolutionary heritage and programme and helping establish its leading role see Baruch Hirson 's "Year of Fire, Year of Ash" for a discussion of the ANC's ability to channel and direct the popular anger. The United Nations Security Council passed Resolution which strongly condemned the incident and the apartheid government. Vorster in West Germany to discuss the situation in Rhodesia , but the Soweto uprising did not feature in their discussions.
Images of the riots spread all over the world, shocking millions.
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The photograph of Hector Pieterson 's dead body, as captured by photojournalist Sam Nzima , caused outrage and brought down international condemnation on the Apartheid government. The Soweto riots are depicted in the film by director Richard Attenborough , Cry Freedom , and in the musical film Sarafina! The Soweto uprising also featured in the film Stander about notorious bank robber and former police captain, Andre Stander.
In May , it was re-broadcast by BBC Radio 4 as The Death of Apartheid with a fresh introduction, providing added historical context for a British audience, by Anthony Sampson , former editor of Drum magazine and author of the authorised biography of Nelson Mandela. Sampson linked extracts from the BBC Sound Archive that charted the long struggle against apartheid from the Sharpeville massacre of , through the riots of and the murder of Steve Biko , and right up to Mandela's release from prison in and the future president's speech in which he acknowledged the debt owed by all black South Africans to the students who gave their lives in Soweto on 16 June From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
His sister, Antoinette Sithole, runs beside them. Pieterson was rushed to a local clinic and declared dead on arrival. This photo by Sam Nzima became an icon of the Soweto uprising. Verwoerd B. Vorster Jacob Zuma. Media and politicians are vying to outdo one another with their tributes to Nelson Mandela who himself disliked the personality cult.
It's the day when South Africans celebrate their former president's contribution to universal freedom by donating 67 minutes of their time to public service. A mass composition by Haydn interspersed with South African freedom songs? As part of the "Long Walk to Freedom" program at Rheingau, a youth orchestra from South Africa delivers an emphatic yes.
The world paid tribute Wednesday to the South African entertainer known as the "White Zulu" for his enduring activism against apartheid, and his campaigning for Nelson Mandela's release from prison. The elections in South Africa haven't produced a landslide result. Turnout was low — young people, in particular, are shunning the ballot box. Got an opinion about the stories making headlines? International SMS charges apply. Please make sure to include your name and your country. We will sample your texts in our show.
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