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President Cyril Ramaphosa urges South Africans to prepare for change

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for change in SA, saying the “fourth Industrial Revolution is changing every aspect of our lives”.

Addressing the ninth South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) congress in Nasrec, Johannesburg, on Wednesday, he urged South Africans to prepare themselves.

Here are five quotes from his speech:

The world is changing

“Comrades, our world is changing. The fourth Industrial Revolution is changing every aspect of our lives. South African children must be prepared for these technological advances.”

Young people

“Not only must you comrades prepare yourselves for new technologies and new subjects, but you must also prepare our young people for this new world.

President Cyril Ramaphosa


Gender-based violence

“We have spoken extensively about the scourge of gender-based violence. Such heinous crimes also occur at schools and other places of learning. Educators are often the best placed to notice where learners are victims or at risk, and we urge you to speak out.”

Student-teacher sexual relationships

“As educators, your job is that of a parent to the children who come to your schools. You are not supposed to be lovers of children at schools. We may want to deny this, as it often happens, but we all know that it is happening. We say Sadtu should stand firm and pledge to not allow teachers to have s-e-xual relations with learners.


“More worrying is the instance where the teachers s-e-xually assault learners … as with all cases of s-e-xual assault, these crimes must be fully prosecuted and perpetrators subjected to the full extent of the law.”

In other news – Key witness to testify from secret location #Statecaptureinquiry

Deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo, who chairs the state capture inquiry, has ruled that no photos may be revealed of a key witness expected to give evidence at the inquiry about corruption allegations at crime intelligence.

Chief Justice Raymond Zondo

Zondo made the ruling on Wednesday. The witness is Colonel Dhanajaya Naidoo who worked at crime intelligence for several years and has been under witness protection for years. Naidoo ended up in witness protection after he blew the whistle on the widespread allegations of corruption at crime intelligence which he was also a part of. Read more

Source: Timeslive

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