You can not expect those who have no voting rights are to continue to pay taxes to a government that assumes no responsibility for them. You can not expect people living in poverty and hunger pay exorbitant rents to the government and local authorities. We are the nerve center of agriculture and industry. We work in the mines of gold, diamonds and coal, farms and industry in exchange for miserable wages. Why do we have to continue enriching the product of our blood and sweat steal, those who exploit us and deny the right to organize in unions? …
I say they have issued an arrest warrant against me and that the police are looking for me …. Any serious political understood that under current conditions in this country, procure a martyrology handing shoddy police is naive and criminal. We have to play an important program and it is important that we do very seriously and without delay.
I opted for the latter, which is more difficult and carries more risks and hardships than sitting in prison. I have to leave my dear wife and my children, my mother and my sisters live as an outcast in my own land. I had to close my business, quit my job and live in poverty and misery, as do many of my countrymen …. I will fight against the government with you, inch by inch, mile by mile, until we achieve victory. What will you do? They do we add or they will cooperate with the government in its efforts to suppress the demands and aspirations of our own people? Will they remain silent and neutral in a matter of life or death for my people, for our people? For my part, I have already made my choice. I will not abandon South Africa did not give up. Only with hardship, sacrifice and militant action can achieve freedom. The struggle is my life. I will continue fighting for freedom until the end of my days.
Press statement, “The struggle is my life.” June 26, 1961
In its true sense, equality before the law means the right to participate in the drafting of laws by which one is governed by a constitution guaranteeing democratic rights to all sectors of the population the right to go to court for protection or redress for violation of the rights guaranteed in the constitution and the right to participate in the administration of justice as judges, magistrates, prosecutors, http://aronberglaw.com/ and other similar charges.
When there are no such safeguards, the term “equality before the law”, as they try to apply it to us, meaningless and misleading. All rights and privileges to which I referred are monopolized by whites and we do not enjoy any of them …
I do not consider either morally or legally obliged to obey laws made by a parliament in which I am not represented.
The will of the people is the basis of the authority of government is a principle universally recognized as sacred throughout the civilized world and is the basic foundation of the liberty and justice. It is understandable that citizens have the right to vote and the right to direct representation in the governing bodies of the country are morally and legally obligated to comply with the laws governing the country.
Likewise must understand why we Africans, we must adopt the attitude that we are neither morally nor legally obliged to obey laws that have not approved, nor can expect to have confidence in the courts applying those laws. ..
I hate the practice of racial discrimination, and in my hatred I feel supported by the fact that the vast majority of humanity hates the same way. I hate that children are systematically inculcated based on color prejudice and I feel that hatred supported by the fact that the vast majority of mankind, here and abroad, agree with my thinking. I hate the racial arrogance which decrees that the good things in life should remain exclusive right of a minority of the population and reducing the majority of the population to a condition of servility and inferiority and remains devoid flock that works where you send and behave like tells you to do the ruling minority. I feel that hatred supported by the fact that the vast majority of mankind both in this country and abroad share my thinking.
Nothing you can do this court in any way change my that hatred that can only be removed when injustice and inhumanity are removed I have sought to remove political and social life of this country …
Evidence at trial, Pretoria (South Africa), October 15 to November 7, 1962
The complaint of African … not only who are poor and whites are rich, but the laws that make whites aim to preserve this situation. There are two ways out of poverty. The first is through formal education and the second when the employee has more knowledge in their work and thus a higher salary. With respect to African, both possibilities are limited by deliberately legislation …
We want, above all, equal political rights, because without them our inability to be permanent. I know this sounds revolutionary to the whites in this country, because most voters were African. So the white man fears democracy.
But this fear can not be an impediment to finding the only solution which will guarantee racial harmony and freedom for all. It is true that recognize the right to vote for all end in racial domination. The political division based on color is totally artificial and, when it disappears, also disappear domination of one color group by another. The ANC has spent half a century fighting against racism. When you succeed, will not change that policy.
This is then at fighting the ANC. Their struggle is truly national. It is the struggle of the African people, inspired by his own suffering and their own experience. It is the struggle for the right to life.
My whole life has been dedicated to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I treasure in my heart the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live and hope to achieve. But if necessary, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.
Evidence at trial, Pretoria (South Africa), April 20, 1964
Our struggle has reached a decisive moment. We call on our people to seize this moment to make the process towards democracy is rapid and uninterrupted. We have waited too long for our freedom. We can not wait. Time to intensify the struggle on all fronts has arrived. Continue our efforts now would be a mistake that future generations would not forgive us. The freedom that we glimpse on the horizon should encourage us to redouble our efforts.
Only through disciplined mass action we can secure our victory. We call on our white compatriots to join us to create the new South Africa. The freedom movement is a policy area where you will also fit. We ask the international community to maintain its campaign to isolate the apartheid regime. Lift sanctions now would risk frustrating the process leading to the total eradication of apartheid.
Our march to freedom is irreversible. We must not let fear stand in our way. Universal suffrage is the common feature of voters in a united, democratic and non-racial South Africa is the only path to peace and racial harmony.
On leaving prison, Cape Town (South Africa), February 11, 1990
Racial discrimination and apartheid …
It will forever remain an indelible stain on the history of mankind the mere fact that the crime of apartheid took place. No doubt future generations will ask: what mistake was made for that system could settle after a Universal Declaration of Human Rights have been approved ?. It will always remain as an accusation and a challenge to all men and women of conscience that tardáramos so long to stand up to say ‘enough is enough’ …
Convinced that the denial of the rights of one diminishes the freedom of others. There is not much distance we go. Go that distance together. Reclaiming with our common stock the purposes for which this organization was established and create a situation in which its Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights become part of the set of laws that the political and social order is based a new South Africa. Our common victory is assured.
Address to the Special Committee of the United Nations against Apartheid, June 22, 1990
It is surely one of the great ironies of our age that for the first time in its 49 year history this House is listening to the speech by a South African Head of State emerged from the African majority of what is an African country.
Future generations will wonder at the fact that only as late twentieth century has been possible for our delegation occupy a seat in the Assembly and it was recognized by our people as well as by the nations of the world as the legitimate representative of our country .
It is certainly very pleasant that this Organization to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, next year, with the defeated apartheid regime and consigned to the past. To some extent this historical change has occurred thanks to the great efforts of the United Nations undertook to achieve the elimination of apartheid crime against humanity …
In everything we do we have to ensure the healing of wounds that were inflicted on our people through the great dividing line imposed on our society by centuries of colonialism and apartheid. We must ensure that color, race and gender are only given by God to each of us and not an indelible mark or attribute that accords a special status to some gift.
We must work for the day when we as South Africans, we meet each other and act as human beings equally and as part of a united nation and not torn by its diversity.
The road we have to travel to reach that destination will not be easy. We all know how stubbornly racism can cling to the mind and how deeply can infect the human soul. When supported by the racial order of the material world as it was in our country, that stubbornness can multiply 100 times.
However, harsh as it may be this battle, we will not surrender. Whatever the time it takes, will not rest. The fact that racism degrades both the perpetrator and the victim requires us to be true to our commitment to protect human dignity, we fight to win.
Address to the United Nations General Assembly, October 3, 1994
In South Africa, we are convinced that it is possible and feasible to achieve our goal of a better life for all in the shortest possible time. Our confidence comes from knowing that this view is shared by the vast majority of South Africans regardless of their color and their political ideology.
In addition, we appreciate the full extent of the role of the international community to make it happen, not only in the form of material support. If today we can speak proudly of a multiracial nation, united in its diversity of cultures, religions, races, languages and ethnic characteristics, it is in part because the world put us a moral example that dare to imitate.
This achievement will surely endure because it is based on we understand that reconciliation and nation building means, among other things, we must endeavor to know the truth about that fatal past and make sure they will not repeat. Therefore our breath should not be just the one taken before the bitterness of the past reaffirmed again.
We also recognize that reconciliation and nation building would be mere words if they were not constrained by a concerted effort to eliminate the real roots of conflict and injustice of the past. Our national security and survival of our young democracy depend, above all, the program to meet the basic needs of the population. The reconstruction and development ensure that all South Africans have an interest in life, who share an interest in the welfare of the country as a whole.
New Delhi (India), January 25, 1995
Many people are skeptical about our ability to realize the ideal of a multiracial nation. It is true that South Africa was more than once on the brink of destruction because of the differences. But let us reaffirm once again that our diversity is not what divides us, are not our ethnicity, religion or culture than divides us.Since we achieve freedom, there can only be a division between us: between leading democracy in his heart and not!
As a peace loving people, we want our country to prosper and provide basic services for all. Because our freedom will never be complete nor our stable democracy unless the basic needs of our people are met. We have seen the stability that comes with development. And while we know that peace is the most powerful weapon which any community or nation can have for development.
As we rebuild the country, we will maintain our vigilance against the enemies of development and democracy, even if they are in our own ranks. Violence does not bring us closer to our goals.
We must all ask ourselves’ve done everything in my power to achieve lasting peace and prosperity in my city and my country?
Durban (South Africa), April 16, 1999
Universal human rights …
Throughout the years, and accordingly, this fifty-third session of the General Assembly will be remembered as the time when we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Conceived after the defeat of crimes against humanity perpetrated by the Nazis and fascists, this Declaration held high the hope that in the future all our societies would be built on the foundations of the glorious ideals embodied in each of his sentences.
For those who had to fight for their emancipation, as we, who with the help of the United Nations we had to release from the criminal apartheid system, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights vindicated the justice of our cause. At the same time, it was a challenge for us that our freedom, once achieved, should be dedicated to the implementation of the forward in the Declaration.
Today we celebrate the fact that this historic document has survived five turbulent decades, which have been some of the most extraordinary events in the evolution of human society. These include the collapse of the colonial system, the end of a bipolar world, the amazing advances in the field of science and technology and the achievement of a complex process of globalization.
However, despite all human beings who are the subjects of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights remain the victims of wars and violent conflicts. They have not managed to be free from the fear of death will cause them to use both weapons of mass destruction and conventional weapons …
This is probably the last time I have the honor to address the General Assembly from this rostrum.
I was born when World War I ended, and left public life when the world celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I’ve reached the point long way afforded me the opportunity, as it should be for all men and women to retire to rest and quiet life in the village where I was born.
Sitting in Qunu, my village, and old as the hills me, I will continue to hope that in my own country and in my own region, on my continent and the world, a group of leaders who forbid that arises no one is denied freedom, as we are; that no one would become a refugee like us; that no one would pay to go hungry, as we are; that no one is deprived of their human dignity, as we do.
I keep waiting for the African Renaissance deep roots and blossom forever, regardless of the changing seasons.
If all these hopes can be translated into a workable and would not dream into a nightmare to torment the souls of old, then I will have peace and quiet, then history and the billions around the world proclaim that it was worth dreaming and strive to give life to a realizable dream.
Address to the United Nations General Assembly, September 21, 1998
Peace is not merely the absence of conflict; peace is the creation of an environment in which everyone can thrive, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex, class, caste or any other social characteristic that distinguishes us. Religion, ethnicity, language and social and cultural practices are elements that enrich human civilization, which add to the richness of our diversity. Why let it become a cause of division and violence? We would be degrading our common humanity, if we allow that to happen.
New Delhi (India), January 31, 2004
There is still much discord, hatred, division, conflict and violence in our world in the twenty-first century.The elemental interest of others in our personal and social life suffice to make the world the best place we dream so vehemently … The easiest thing is to break and destroy. Heroes are those who make peace and build.
Soweto (South Africa), July 12, 2008
Fighting poverty …
South Africans have shown tremendous ability to show solidarity when they face difficulties. The apartheid regime fell at the end thanks to the unity of those who saw their rights denied and thanks to all sectors of society recognized that they had more to gain by working together than fighting each other. That same quality has helped us very quickly, to lay the foundations for a better life.
When apartheid ended, we stumbled upon the difficult task of rebuilding our shattered society and providing the most basic to our population. We had to build schools and hospitals, provide housing and jobs, boost our economy, protect the rights of our people through the Constitution and the courts, help South Africa to seek solution to the division that existed in the past and begin the process healing and finding solutions to abuse and damage that buried most of our communities.
In essence, our task was to create the conditions in which every South African had the opportunity to create a better life for himself. But the government can not cope with these problems alone. Needless to all pull together collectively to achieve the necessary changes.
To achieve these goals, we also need to transform the government of a system that served to minority interests to one that meets the needs of all South Africans. And all these things were to be done in a country where the majority was deprived of the experience of government or appropriate education and training. For that reason, we have a strong focus on capacity building of government …
When we say that the best solutions to these problems can only be found when working in coordination, requiring a commitment of each and every one of us. Today we should ask ourselves: What have I done to improve the environment in which I live? Am I messing or protecting my environment? Do I promote racial hatred or peace and reconciliation? Should I buy stolen or helped fight crime? Do I pay my debts and I cheat with taxes, payment of services and licenses? I hope that everything put my hand or work with my local council to create a better life for me and for my community?
Bothaville (South Africa), October 14, 1998
While poverty, injustice and inequality persist evident in our world, no one can really relax. Never forget how millions of people around the world have joined us in solidarity to fight against the injustice of our oppression while we were in prison. These efforts were not in vain and we can be here and join millions around the world who struggle for freedom and against poverty.
Mass poverty and gross inequality are such terrible scourges of our times, times in which the world boasts breathtaking advances in science and technology, industry and wealth accumulation.
We live in a world where knowledge and information have made great strides, yet millions of children do not attend school. We live in a world where the AIDS pandemic threatens the very fabric of our lives. But we spend more money on weapons than on ensuring treatment and support for millions of people infected with HIV. It is a world of great promise and hope. But it is also a world of despair, disease and hunger.
Eliminating poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom. The measures have to adopt the developed nations are clear.
The first is to ensure fairness in trade. I have previously said that justice in trade is a really useful way developed countries can demonstrate their commitment to an end to poverty in the world. The second is to end the debt crisis in poor countries. The third is to provide such assistance as possible and ensure that aid is of the highest quality.
Live 8, Johannesburg (South Africa), July 2, 2005