Mthethwa says freedom charter helped SA develop

Zilungile Makhanya-Mkhize

Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa says there are still many challenges hindering development in the country but says the government is doing more every year to ensure these are addressed.

The minister has made an announcement on the preservation of the Freedom Charter documents at an event in Lillies Farm in northern Johannesburg.

Today marks the 63rd anniversary of the adoption of the Freedom Charter.

Mthethwa says as much as the country has progressed in the past decades services to the public will never be enough. 

He has praised the courage of the previous generation who drafted the Freedom Charter and fought for the ultimate liberation of South Africa from Apartheid.

During the handover of Certificates of Authentication of the Freedom Charter to the National Archives and Records Services of South Africa Mthethwa has also commented that progress and achievements since democracy are being taken for granted today as compared to those that came before us. 

He says freedom fighters had the courage to take on the might of the oppressive state and forge the founding of the country's democracy.

Mthethwa says the two remaining copies of the Freedom Charter have been authenticated by the South African Heritage Resources Agency.