South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan walks to meet protesting students ahead of presenting his Medium Term Budget Policy speech to Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 26 October 2016.
Gordhan wrote that he is a son of the congress movement, the African National Congress and the congress alliance.
“I was taught the values of democracy and social justice in the Freedom Charter.”
Gordhan added that we as a country still have ways to go in the pursuit of unity as a nation.
“We have made tremendous progress in all aspects as a young democracy.”
He quoted Nelson Mandela as he wrote, “I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.
The minister's letter was read out by Bishop Allan Kannemeyer during the assembly.