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ANC Youth League statement on Reconciliation Day
16 December 2013
The ANC Youth League marked the 2013 Day of Reconciliation by dropping a banner on the side of the former ANC Head Quarters known as Shell-House. The banner carries a farewell message to Madiba, a Man of Peace and Reconciliation.
To the ANC Youth League, 16 December is a day upon which we remember the formation of the people`s army, Umkhonto WeSizwe with Nelson Mandela as a Commander-in-Chief. On this day, we call on all South Africans in particular young people to embrace reconciliation as a building-block towards a united, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous South Africa.
We appreciate and commend the ANC government on its unveiling of a 9 meter-long-statue of President Nelson Mandela in the seat of government, as symbol of defeat of apartheid doctrines and policies.
We also remember all those Heroes who fell at the battle of Ncome 1838 on this day.
As an organization of young people, we know that 16 December is widely regarded as the start of the South African summer festivities, we therefore call on all our young people to enjoy their holidays responsibly and in a manner that promotes peaceful co-existence of all races and national groupings. We expect our fellow young people to assist the police in curbing crime and drug use.
African National Congress Youth League
Dr. Bandile Masuku (National Spokesperson) - 071 574 4513
Issued by the African National Congress Youth League
Dr Bandile Masuku
ANCYL National Spokesperson
071 574 4513