On 8 May, 1996, Parliament passed South Africa's revered Constitution. It guided the country through the recent political crisis that ended with the resignation of Jacob Zuma as president.
On that historic day, former President Thabo Mbeki, who was Deputy President at the time, made his famous and powerful speech, I am an African.
Briefly.co.za learned that following the swearing in of Cyril Ramaphosa as President, Mbeki's speech has resurfaced on social media and inspired South Africans again. Watch it below.
It was a powerful affirmation of Africanness and pride in being a South African. Social media users found it appropriate at a time when the country is embarking on a new era.
In the speech, Mbeki said:
[The Constitution] creates a law-governed society which shall be inimical to arbitrary rule. It enables the resolution of conflicts by peaceful means rather than resort to force.
The triumph of constitutionalism during the recent political crisis is an affirmation of Mbeki's words. The former president also asserted:
Whatever the setbacks of the moment, nothing can stop us now! Whatever the difficulties, Africa shall be at peace!
These words are especially poignant as new President Ramaphosa takes the reins of power to guide South Africa to a better future.
To read the speech in full, click here.
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