“Education is important because it is your right to develop your full potential as a human being, it is needed to transform the economy through skills and it is the quickest equaliser in dealing with poverty.”
This powerful quote formed part of Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s speech at the Durban University of Technology last night.
The former NEC member highlighted the role education plays in true liberation; saying that if it could be used as a means of oppression during apartheid, it can also be employed as a tool for freedom. She encouraged students to stay in school and get a tertiary education in order to transform the country’s economy, and stated that free education was absolutely necessary for poor South Africans.
Additionally, Dlamini-Zuma emphasized the need for South Africans to decolonise themselves in order to truly thrive: “Once you think what is white is superior and what is African is inferior, then you’ll be a dominated nation”.
The former head of the African Union also called for the ANC Youth League to persist in fighting for free education, but condemned the destruction of the country’s assets. “It is totally unacceptable to burn libraries, clinics, schools and university halls,” she asserted.
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