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Allan Boesak - 2011-09-02
Remarks at the unveiling of the UDF Memorial, Rocklands, Mitchell’s Plain
This is a great historic moment, and we all owe the City and the province a great debt of gratitude.
I come today with a reminder and a plea: a reminder of what happened then, and what is possible today; and a plea for what is needed today.
Twenty-eight years ago, at this place, a movement was born that signalled the coming together of a people, the strength of single-minded determination, and the end of the system of apartheid. The UDF brought together the broadest front of organisations and people in the history of our country in a single-minded purpose to pray together, march together, work together, stand together, go to jail together, break down together, build together, sacrifice together – to bring to an end the system of apartheid.
It was possible then – it is possible today.
It was what was at stake then – it is what is at stake today.
We believed that a nation’s honour does not lie in military might or the foolish pride of ill-gotten wealth, but in justice and compassion, in the protection of the weak and vulnerable, in the cherishing of the things that make for peace.
It was at stake then – it is what is at stake today.
It was possible then – it is possible now.
That was my reminder. Now my plea.
Remember those famous “three little words” we used then? “All”, “here”, and “now”? “We want all our rights; we want them here;we want them now.”
My plea is: do not forget them.
As long as so many of our people languish in poverty and misery; as long as so many are victims of violence; as long as so many children dare not dream, for fear of betrayal and disappointment; as long as there is so much anger and disillusionment, we must not forget them – we must fight for those rights.
We want those rights here:
We want them now. We have waited through struggle years and prison years, and democracy years, and that’s too long.
So it is time to revive the spirit of togetherness; to take hands and stand together; time to set aside our divisions and cynicism and selfishness and apathy and stand for justice and nationhood together.
It is time to break the silence and speak out for those struck dumb by injustice and suffering.
We have a destiny to fulfil.
We have a nation to build, a future to secure to make our people flourish; to make our dreams a reality; to make our sacrifices worthwhile, to make our children proud.