A tale of two pledges

Below is the text for the school pledge outlined by Naledi Pandor.

We the youth of South Africa, recognising the injustices of our past, honour those who suffered and sacrificed for justice and freedom.

We will respect and protect the dignity of each person, and stand up for justice.

We sincerely declare that we shall uphold the rights and values of our Constitution and promise to act in accordance with the duties and responsibilities that flow from these rights.

Now, here’s the pledge that the DA is suggesting:

We, the people of South Africa, pledge our allegiance to the Constitution as the supreme law of the Republic so as to:

Heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights;

Lay the foundations for a democratic and open society in which government is based on the will of the people and every citizen is equally protected by law;

Improve the quality of life of all citizens and free the potential of each person; and

Build a united and democratic South Africa able to take its rightful place as a sovereign state in the family of nations.

Click here to read why Helen Zille is motivating for the latter. Which do you prefer?

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One response to “A tale of two pledges

  1. Neither. I’m for Flip Buys’s idea that there should be a pledge for the government – and I’d extend that idea to politicians of all parties. Let them recite aloud every morning that they pledge loyalty to the children of South Africa and their future.

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