During the dark days of Apartheid many men and women fought for the liberation of South Africa and its people facing racial degradation and even death at the hands of evil men but God resurrected them.
This was the powerful picture painted by Reverend Jesse Jackson, considered to be one of the most prominent African American leaders during the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, during visits to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Zwide Cemetery, the Athenaeum and the Donkin Reserve.
“Evil men crucified these leaders but God resurrected them. There are those who can still tell us their story. Your Mayor spent fourteen years on Robben Island and under house arrest and it was not for a traffic stop. To have someone with the legacy of the anti-Apartheid struggle like him leading this city is a great blessing.
“Nelson Mandela is recognized as the face of the struggle but there are leaders like your Mayor that deserves praise for their role. It seems like people are not aware of his role,” Jackson said.
Jackson is in Nelson Mandela Bay to deliver the annual Govan Mbeki lecture at the Feathermarket Hall at 19:00 tomorrow.
At a graduation ceremony for municipal councillors earlier today, Jackson reminded them that they have an important role to play to break through the layers of Apartheid.
“I was in Port Elizabeth in 1979 before it was named Nelson Mandela Bay. People are free today to do what they want without fear.
“However they are free but not equal. Equality is the next dimension of our struggle as Apartheid has many layers. We still have Apartheid of our minds and our bodies,” he said.
Known for his opposition against the Apartheid system and Segregation in America Jackson also negotiated the release of forty seven Americans and other nationalities after the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq in August 1990 amongst many other achievements.
Jackson said he is very impressed with the growth and progress in South Africa over the last twenty years.
“More people have houses now, drinkable water and can work in high places. I am very impressed with the growth of South Africa,” he added.
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