By Kamgelo Seekoei
No man, woman or child will go hungry if we all build a fair and just country, this is according President Cyril Ramaphosa.
In his Freedom Day address on Monday 27 April Ramaphosa said poverty and inequality continued to stalk our land.
He said the devastating legacy of the past still ran so deep that at times the government had been found wanting in addressing the suffering it had subjected the people to.
“A child born to parents of means has a comfortable home, is fed and sheltered, receives a good education and has good prospects for a prosperous life. For a poor child, everyday of life can be a struggle for shelter, for food and for opportunity,” he said.
He said the promise of 1994 could no longer be deferred.
“We must ensure the right of all our people to healthcare, food, shelter water social security and land.”
He admitted that the Covid-19 pandemic had further exposed long standing economic disparities in the country.
“Before the pandemic, we were deepening our efforts to correct inequality. This pandemic could set these efforts back by many years. It will take a great deal of effort and resources for
our economy to recover.
“The challenges we faced before remain, even as we turn the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will still have to confront a contracting economy, unemployment, crime and corruption, a weakened state.
Ramaphosa said this pandemic could set these efforts back by many years. It will take a great deal of effort and resources for our society and our economy to recover.
The challenges we faced before this health emergency remain.
“Even as we turn the tide on the coronavirus pandemic, we will still have to confront a contracting economy, unemployment, crime and corruption, a weakened state and other pressing concerns,” he said.