“We will always remember Minister Chabane for his contribution to improving the lives of our people, and he will also be remembered mostly as a humble and highly intelligent leader, from whom we all must learn a lesson in humility,” said Mchunu.
Mchunu said history has shown that many countries have, at one stage or another, been faced with the situation where a section of the community suffers the pain of having their human rights violated due to systems of government.
Mchunu added that the commemoration was in recognition of the pain suffered in the past, and to commit the country to forgiveness.
“We are on a march, marching forward, but also remembering where we have come from,” said Mchunu, who also said holding grudges against the perpetrators of gruesome crimes against the black people of South Africa would be fruitless because most of the perpetrators have since died.
Mchunu said one South Africa’s greatest achievements is the adoption of the Constitution which guarantees human rights that had never been a guarantee for the majority of South African’s.
“However, it is our responsibility to ensure that these rights are not just a theory, but every human being can actually see and experience these rights for themselves,” said Mchunu.
Mchunu also announced a commitment by MEC for Public Works, Ravi Pillay, of R1 million in Extended Public Works Programme, for Shayamoya in Kokstad.
“This money will be used for programs that will benefit the community and not to cut grass at the council chamber,” said Mchunu.
Meanwhile, National Freedom Party leader Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi yesterday said those who violated the rights of foreign nationals should be handed stiff sentences.