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Give young people space to express themselves: Motlanthe

Former President Kgalema Motlanthe has called on the African National Congress (ANC) to give its youth space to express themselves.

The veteran politician says that the party has no future without the input of young people.

Motlanthe was speaking in Pietermaritzburg during the launch of the Truman Magubane Foundation.

Magubane, an ANC stalwart and chief whip of the Msunduzi Municipality, was a former MK operative – who served time on Robben Island with Motlanthe.

The former President used the platform to stress the importance of education.

“Our role as an organisation is to create space for them; we must not suppress young people because if we suppress young people then the organisation has no future. Because tomorrow belongs to the young people – we must not transfer our fears to young people,” says Motlanthe.

Magubane’s son, Mlungisi Magubane, paid tribute to his father and his comrades but cautioned that the struggle is not yet over.

Mlungisi says, “We won the battle, [but] the war is still on, the war against poverty, against corruption, [and] against any form of misconduct that is not wanted within the ANC.”

The Truman Magubane Foundation will help young people appreciate the sacrifices made during the struggle for freedom.

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– By Thulani Msimang

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