MANDELA CALLS FOR ‘SOCIAL COHESION’

The Times/Sapa, 17 June 2008

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Former president Nelson Mandela has urged the youth of South Africa to work for social cohesion in the country. “The struggle for democracy has never been a matter pursued by one race, class, religious community or gender among South Africans. “As future leaders of this country, your challenge is to foster a nation in which all people, irrespective of race, colour, sex, religion or creed, can ascertain a social cohesion fully,” Mandela said in a video- taped message played yesterday during Youth Day celebrations in Cape Town. “Mindful of your own challenges, you must continue to promote the principle of relentless freedom and democracy as it is the foundation upon which issues of human rights are ingrained,” Mandela told the youth.