Namibia and South Africa should speak with one voice: Dlodlo

24 Sep 2017 10:00am
WINDHOEK, 24 SEP (NAMPA) – The Namibian and South African governments have to ensure that they govern in a manner that makes fewer people unhappy, as they owe it to those who fought during apartheid.
This was said by South African Minister of Communication, Ayanda Dlodlo.
Speaking during a panel discussion on the legacy of the late Oliver Tambo here on Saturday, Dlodlo said the two countries should never fight one another, but instead 'speak with one voice.'
The event was organised by the South African High Commission to reflect on the heritage of late South African anti-apartheid campaigner and revolutionary, Oliver Tambo.
Tambo, who was born in 1917 and died in 1993 at the age of 75, served as president of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1967 to 1991.
“The last thing people should talk about is that there is corruption in our systems. How do we say we are liberated, if corruption is in our systems?”Dlodlo asked.
She said both countries had to ensure that they enhance political emancipation.
Reflecting on the late Tambo’s legacy, Dlodlo said Tambo made it easy for South Africa to develop a constitution – a path that speaks of love, and respect for human dignity.
“He inspired the youth and the Namibian revolution and taught us to hit the enemy the hardest where it is the softest, and make Namibia and South Africa ungovernable (during apartheid),” she said.
The South African Constitution was adopted in May 1996 and is the supreme law which provides the legal foundation for the existence of the country, setting out the rights and duties of its citizens.
“When he spoke to the international community, we knew he had our backs,” she said.
Dlodlo also noted that Tambo played a role in ensuring that Namibia was part of the United Nations General Assembly in 1960.
“Our heritage is in the arts that we produce, in the solidarity of our struggle and in the perseverance of our languages,” she added.
Namibian Vice-President, Nickey Iyambo; former Speaker of Parliament, Dr Theo-Ben Gurirab; and South African High Commissioner, Yvette Myakayaka-Manzini also formed part of the discussion panel.
The organisers expected about 210 people to attend, including some who were in exile with Tambo, but less than 50 people turned up.