Maiden State of the Province Address 6th Term Administration Delivery by Premier Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane, in Bhisho, On 28 June 2019
Somlomo, kunye nawe Sekela Somlomo, Judge President of the Eastern Cape and Members of the Judiciary Ministers and Deputy Ministers present among us, Members of the Executive Council, Members of National Parliament and delegates to the NCOP Veterans of our struggle for national liberation and their families Iinkokheli zombutho olawulayo kunye namahlakani awo Leadership of Political Parties, Members of the Provincial Legislature
IiKumkani, USihlalo Wendlu Yeenkosi, kunye neeNkosi zonke Executive Mayors, Mayors, Speakers, Chief Whips and Councillors Leaders of Chapter 9 Institutions, USihlalo we Moral Regeneration Movement Vice Chancellors of our Tertiary Institutions Members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps Provincial Commissioner of SAPS, Senior SAPS Officers and Heads of Security Services, Deputy Chairperson of the EC Planning Commission and Commissioners Leaders of the Religious Fraternity, Business, and Civil Society, DG and Senior Government Officials Heads of State Owned Enterprises Comrades, Ladies and Gentlemen
Kuzo zonke iindawo enikuzo, kuquka nabo bathe nqwadalala emaholweni bemamele le ntetho, Molweni mawethu! Goeie dag aan u almal! Kgomo tseo le manamane a tsona!
Honourable Speaker, let me record my sincere gratitude and appreciation for the honour that this assembly of our people has bestowed on me to address it today. In the same vein, allow me to congratulate all the honourable members of this august house for their election as members and presiding officers of this sixth term of administration.
From a dark past to a brighter future
Jamaican black nationalist leader Marcus Garvey once wrote that “a people without the knowledge of their history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” I share similar sentiments with Garvey. Twenty-five years ago, we held our first democratic elections and paved the way to realise the dream of a united, non-racial, non- sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa. Many would like us to believe that our democratic breakthrough was a miracle, when it in fact it was the result of a struggle that was pursued relentlessly across 3 generations. Amongst these generations of revolutionaries, was the courageous youth of 1976.
I am mentioning this brief history to remind all of us that 43 years ago in this month of June, a generation of young people stood up and said No. Their No meant No, and they altered the course of history in our country.