Zuma’s unity gesture
PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma opened a road between the Voortrekker Monument and Freedom Park in Pretoria on the Day of Reconciliation yesterday.
Both Zuma and Rudolph Botha, chairman of the Voortrekker Monument board, cut a ribbon to mark the opening of the road between the two monuments.
Speaking later at Freedom Park, Zuma said: “The initiative symbolises a commitment to nation building.”
Zuma said the Voortrekker Monument board and the Freedom Park trust had signed a memorandum of understanding. “The gesture indicates progress in the national project of reconciliation,” he said.
The huge granite structure built to commemorate the Voortrekkers, was officially inaugurated by then prime minister DF Malan. The monument was often seen as a symbol of apartheid.
Freedom Park, located on nearby Salvokop hill, was opened in 2007 to commemorate democracy and includes a wall of names of those who fought against apartheid.
Zuma said he believed that while there was much work to be done, progress towards reconciliation was being made.
He urged South Africans of all races to set aside their differences and work together. – Sapa