South Africa – a country of insiders and outsiders

Freedom you can use is what South Africans need says Helen Zille, the leader of the Democratic Alliance. Zille was re-elected unapposed to continue as leader of the DA at their federal congress in Johannesburg this weekend.

“Apartheid may be over, but South Africa is still a country of insiders and outsiders. We see it on our mines, on our farms and in our towns. The insiders are the people with education, jobs, homes and opportunities to build a better life for themselves and their children” said Zille.

“The outsiders are the people who never had a chance to succeed in life. They were oppressed by apartheid and remain so today. Our first democratic election in 1994 brought them the promise of freedom. But Freedom means little if you cannot find a job. Freedom means even less if our children have no textbooks. Freedom means nothing if it gives politicians licence to steal people’s money.

Freedom loses its value if people live in constant fear of criminals in their homes and on the streets. Freedom means nothing unless it is freedom you can Use to build a better life” added Zille at the conference.

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