Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says young people must use the country’s rich heritage to engage in a future that is different from the past South Africa.
The Minister said this when he unveiled a replica of former President Nelson Mandela’s Robben Island prison cell at the Spine Road High School, in Mitchells Plain, in the Western Cape, on Monday.
He unveiled the exhibit as part of Heritage Month in a bid to contribute substantially to the historical angle to enable young people who have never been to the Robben Island Museum to get a personal perspective of the history that unfolded there.
“It is our responsibility to preserve the country’s heritage, the country’s history to teach young people how South Africa got to be where it is today, but not so much that they remain fixed in the past, the main purpose is to help them engage in a future that is different from this past that is better than where we are coming from.
“We as the Department of Home Affairs, though not being the Department of Arts and Culture, are equally responsible for the preservation of the country’s past, the records of our past,” he said.
The launch forms part of an ongoing campaign led by Deputy Minister Fatima Chohan under the theme, “Madiba, the Good Citizen”, which seeks to encourage learners to value the rights and responsibilities that go along with citizenship.