The freedom charter lost its relevance in 1993
Political Analyst Gakwi Mashego says the freedom charter stopped being relevant when the CODESA agreements were signed in 1993.
The freedom charted was adopted on this day 65 years ago
Mashego says the language in the charter was watered down and compromised at CODESA citing that it is no longer relevant in 2020.
The apartheid system in South Africa was ended through a series of negotiations between 1990 and 1993.
This was done through unilateral steps by the government of the apartheid President F.W De Klerk
These negotiations took place between the governing National Party, the African National Congress, and a wide variety of other political organizations.
Negotiations took place against a backdrop of political violence in the country, including allegations of a state-sponsored third force destabilizing the country.
The negotiations resulted in South Africa's first non-racial election, which was won by the African National Congress.
Mashego says the reason the ANC has failed to implement all the clauses of the freedom charter 65 years later, is due to the fact that most of the clauses were more idealistic rather than realistic.
Mashego says South Africans should not be looking at the freedom charter as a grand document in 2020, but should personalize it and not expect the government to implement it.
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