I am an African!
“I am an African! Because of that, I am also able to state this fundamental truth that I am born of a people who are heroes and heroines. I am born of a people who would not tolerate oppression. I am of a nation that would not allow that fear of death, torture, imprisonment, exile or persecution should result in the perpetuation of injustice. The great masses who are our mother and father will not permit that the behaviour of the few results in the description of our country and people as barbaric. Patient because history is on their side, these masses do not despair because today the weather is bad. Nor do they turn triumphalist when, tomorrow, the sun shines. Whatever the circumstances they have lived through and because of that experience, they are determined to define for themselves who they are and who they should be.”
Former President of South Africa (then Deputy President ) Thabo Mbeki, on Behalf of the African National Congress, on the Occasion of the Adoption by the Constitutional Assembly of “The Republic of South Africa Constitutional Bill 1996.” Cape Town, 8 May 1996