Flip Buys, chairperson of the Solidarity Movement, said today in his speech at the trade union Solidarity’s annual conference that the time has come to once again establish trust in South Africa. This focus was especially appropriate in light of the new youth initiative launched by Solidarity at this conference: Solidarity Youth.
According to Buys, we should talk about a future for the youth of today. But then we must make sure that the future is not merely a continuation of the current conditions in the country.
“My message today is that the time has come for mutual trust to be renewed, because at the current time our country is characterised by growing mistrust, increasing disappointment and rising fury about everything going wrong. Change must take place because South Africa is not in a good place at the moment,” Buys said.
According to Buys, the key to achieve this lies in focusing on everything that we agree upon, and in ensuring that the things we disagree upon do not divide us by causing increasing mistrust and conflict. “We really want to assist in making the country successful but then we should not be excluded or targeted or prevented from doing that,” Buys said.
“We are not fighting for a better past, we are not hanging on to unlawful privileges; on the contrary, we as a community want to be part of the future. Our young people deserve better,” Buys concluded.