Youths en­cour­aged to be aware of hu­man rights

Daily Dispatch - - Cover Story - NONKU­L­ULEKO NJILO

There was an ur­gent need for South Africans to tackle abuse of women and chil­dren.

Jus­tice and cor­rec­tional ser­vices minister Michael Ma­sutha said this at the 70th an­niver­sary of the Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights in Jo­han­nes­burg on Fri­day.

“South Africans need to tackle two ma­jor chal­lenges‚ the es­ca­lat­ing vi­o­lence‚ es­pe­cially di­rected to women and chil­dren. We need to tackle greed in our so­ci­ety‚ which re­sults in cor­rup­tion‚ and con­tin­ues to hold back our gov­ern­ment‚” he said.

Ma­sutha stressed the need to hon­our those who fought tire­lessly for free­dom and the need for youths to be ac­tively in­volved in pro­grammes that pro­mote aware­ness of hu­man rights.

Ma­sutha said the hu­man rights dec­la­ra­tion was an im­por­tant mile­stone in the his­tory of mankind. He cited the “Thuma Mina” cam­paign launched by Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa this year‚ say­ing it sig­ni­fied a new dawn and would help build the coun­try.

South Africans need to tackle two ma­jor chal­lenges‚ the es­ca­lat­ing vi­o­lence against women ... and greed ... which re­sults in cor­rup­tion

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