As part of the centenary celebrations of former President Nelson Mandela and African National Congress (ANC) stalwart Albertina Sisulu, Parliament hosted students from various Western Cape secondary schools.
It was an extra ordinary sitting of the National Assembly this as students from Western Cape secondary schools played the role of MPs.
They re-enacted the events of the 9th of May 1994, when Nelson Mandela was elected as the first democratic President. On that day Mandela was nominated by Sisulu for presidency.
Athenkosi Peyi, who played the role of Mandela, then made his first speech in Parliament.
“Never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity, let freedom reign God bless Africa.”
After that, the usual business of the House started.
Students expressed their views on the land issue. They were not much different from the real members of Parliament as there was heckling and points of orders raised.
While some felt that the redistribution of land is moving at a snail’s pace others felt that there’s nothing wrong with the current situation.
The leaders of the future, making it thoroughly clear what they think of the challenges facing the country.
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