F W DE KLERK FOUNDATION CONGRATULATES THE ANC ON ITS 100TH ANNIVERSARY
The F W de Klerk Foundation wishes to congratulate the ANC on its 100th anniversary. For the first 82 years of existence the ANC was the principal voice of generations of disenfranchised South Africans who were striving for full political rights and equality. The ANC, together with other prominent political parties, played a leading role in the negotiations that led to the establishment of our present non-racial constitutional democracy.
Since 1994 the ANC has led South Africa through the first critical years of democracy. During this period our country has made heartening progress in many areas:
- under President Mandela a great deal was done to promote reconciliation and national unity;
- President Mandela and his successor President Mbeki implemented exemplary macro-economic policies that helped South Africa to achieve 14 years of uninterrupted economic growth;
- a great deal of good work has been done in providing housing and services to our people;
- South Africa is once again playing a prominent and constructive role in the international community.
At the same time, the ANC acknowledges that much remains to be done in the areas of education; job creation; the combating of crime and corruption; the improvement of service delivery and the promotion of equality. It will also be important to continue the work that President Mandela began in promoting national reconciliation and non-racialism.
The Foundation wishes the ANC well in its efforts to address these challenges and in its work to promote the values, rights and vision in our Constitution.
Statement issued by the FW de Klerk Foundation, Cape Town, January 8 2012
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