Western Cape region celebrates Mandela Day
Joining the world in celebrating 67 minutes for Mandela Day, Deputy Minister John Jeffery and Western Cape Regional Head, Advocate Hishaam Mohamed, exchanged their office attire for overalls and joined staff at the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court in painting two female holding cells and washing windows at the court to honour the world icon, the late former President Nelson Mandela.
More than 1000 employees from 36 courts in the region kept Tata Madiba’s legacy alive by participating in a series of outreach programmes and volunteered in various events at their respective courts. The focus of the programmes was vulnerable groups, which included people with disabilities, the elderly, women and children. Staff at these courts spring-cleaned and painted court rooms, donated clothing, food parcels, children’s’ toys, blankets and toiletries to various organisations.
Speaking at the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court, Deputy Minister Jeffery said: “As we mark our 20 years of freedom and celebrate Madiba’s birthday, we decided to dedicate our time by participating in cleaning activities at our courts in an effort to improve conditions at our service delivery points.”
Regional Head, Advocate Mohamed said Madiba helped South Africa achieve its freedom as the country’s first democratically elected president who stood firm for non-racialism, non-sexism and democracy. “Madiba often said, in response to the world’s social injustices, ‘… it is in your hands now’. We therefore all took on a national responsibility to carry out his legacy,” he remarked.
Advocate Mohamed further indicated that the region is grateful to honour Madiba’s 67 years of service to the people of South Africa, adding that there were many lessons learnt from the unselfish life that Mandela lived.
Published: 22 July 2014