Rename Union Buildings: EFF

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People stand near the 9-metre bronze statue of the late former president Nelson Mandela as it is unveiled as part of the Day of Reconciliation Celebrations at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Pretoria - The EFF on Monday rejected the centenary celebration of the Union Buildings and called for the seat of government in Pretoria to be renamed.

“To celebrate the Union Buildings as 'union' is to celebrate history of black dispossession and exclusion,” spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said in a statement.

He said Monday's celebration of the Day of Reconciliation was meant for the country to reflect on its progress in defeating the legacy of apartheid and colonialism.

He said a radical macro-economic framework based on the Economic Freedom Fighters' seven cardinal pillars could bring justice to South African society and break with the apartheid past.

“Firstly, the EFF celebrates the sterling contribution of 1/8former president 3/8 Nelson Mandela and his generation in laying a solid foundation for the process of reconciliation to genuinely occur,” he said.

The party said the struggle to humanise blacks who had been victims of centuries of racial segregation and injustice was far from complete.

He said the democratic gift of Nelson Mandela’s generation had not translated into liberation from abject poverty, unemployment and inequalities along racial lines.

“Black people without land remain visitors in their own country, and without access to quality education they are subjected to permanent providers of cheap and easily disposable labour.

“This make any claim to reconciliation today disingenuous.”


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