SADTU pays respect to the Freedom Charter and SA’s most historic date

Today SADTU joins the ANC and the former oppressed people of South Africa in   commemorating the 59th anniversary of the adoption of the Freedom Charter at the Congress of the People in Kliptown on June 26, 1955 and June 26 - the date on  which most crucial game-changing political events took place and led to a democratic South Africa.

  • June 26 1950: South Africa had its second national stay-away
  • June 26 1952: South Africa had a campaign Defiance of Unjust Laws
  • June 26 1955: Freedom Charter signed
  • June 26 1959: Anti-apartheid Movement formed.

SADTU has compiled a lesson about the 26th of June and has appealed to members to dedicate some time  to deliver a brief lesson on this day. The call is in  line with the second and third pillars of the Union’s 2030 Vision that commits the union to ensuring a learning nation through the involvement of members and building socialism through a development orientated nation state respectively,

SADTU has for many years been calling for the compulsory teaching of relevant history in schools so that the current and future generations can appreciate the road we have travelled as a nation. This in turn would ensure that our schooling system produced patriotic South Africans who are proud of who they are and are willing to contribute towards the developmental state that we envisage. 

“If we ignore the importance of this subject in schools it will be bad. Being ignorant of the past is nothing short of national disaster, local history will always be our national asset.  We don’t want to teach learners the collection of the past only but to help them understand the present realities. We have responsibility as an organization to ensure that current and future generations remain conscious of history and appreciative of the role played by past generations,” SADTU General Secretary Mugwena Maluleke added.

SADTU has created a lesson plan for this day. We call upon our members to access the plan on our website   under SADTU Political Education

On the adoption of the Freedom Charter on this day 59 years ago, SADTU celebrates the fact that South Africa is living what is stipulated in its preamble; “We, the People of South Africa, declare for all our country and the world to know that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white, and that no government can justly claim authority unless it is based on the will of all the people.”

Although some of the dreams of the Charter have not been fully achieved, we have structures in place to ensure these are fulfilled. 

ISSUED BY: SADTU Secretariat