Thank you, Deputy Speaker. I make this statement in honour of the 21st anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from prison. February 11 marked the 21st anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from prison. When Madiba walked from Groot Drakenstein Prison that day, waving his fist in the air, he signalled the start of a new era in the history of South Africa, an era of democracy and freedom for our people. A few hours after his release Mandela delivered his first public speech from a balcony at Cape Town City Hall:
Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.
Today we must remind ourselves of where we come from in our struggle to establish a democratic South Africa. And more importantly, we must, as public representatives of the people, follow Madiba's example of selflessness and dedication in our commitment to creating a better life for all. Thank you. [Applause.]