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Freedom Charter
South Africa parliamentarian, Speaker Baleka Mbete looking back at the achievements of democracy in our country`s fifth year anniversary.

60th Anniversary of the Freedom Charter, adopted by our people in 1955, which laid the foundation for a national culture based on a set of values that underpin the new constitutional dispensation celebrated recently. South Africa remains committed to the democratic values of human dignity, equality, and freedom.

As public representatives, our people have given us a mandate to continue to advance human dignity, the achievement of equality, the advancement of human rights and freedom, constitutional multi-party democracy and the rule of law. As the apex of accountability, the South African Parliament continues to play a critical role in the realisation of these democratic values through its legislative, oversight,and international participation roles.

The 5th Parliament has completed the first year of its term, which has between vibrant, robust and yes, messy at times. During this term, the Fifth Parliament will concentrate its energies and resources on six strategic objectives which give priority to the following areas: Enhanced oversight and accountability over the work of the Executive to ensure implementation of the objectives of Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF), 2014-19; A more comprehensive role for Parliament in co-operative governance;

Effective and responsive p u b l i c p a r t i c i p a t i o n ; E n h a n c e d international parliamentary engagement and co-operation;Consolidation and implementation of integrated processes to fulfil our constitutional responsibility, and the building of a capable and productive parliamentary service that delivers effective support to Members in order to efficiently fulfil their constitutional mandate.

The police noticed human figure in the fire. After several speculations the police confirmed that indeed a human being was in the fire. They found the teenager`s grandmother burnt to death. She was burnt beyond recognition. The fire was extinguished immediately. The teenager told the police that she was unaware that her grandmother was in the fire. She told the police that she set the fire just to burn dirt from the house.

These priorities are informed by t h e o b j e c t i v e s o f t h e N a t i o n a l Development Plan 2030, the SADC R e v i s e d I n d i c a t i v e S t r a t e g i c Development Plan, as well as the African Union's Agenda 2063 strategy which all aspire to create an Africa that thrives on good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law. Gender equality is a fundamental human right and is an integral part of continental and regional integration, economic growth and social development.

Therefore, the Fifth Parliament, through its constitutional mandate, is committed to initiating and facilitating the removal of all forms of gender inequality at all levels in S o u t h A f r i c a . T h i s c o m m i t m e n t complements the global shift from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals which places women's issues at the centre of the world's developmental agenda for the next 15 years.Parliament, through its participation at the SADC Parliamentary Forum and the Pan African Parliament (PAP), will continue to advocate for women's emancipation and remain dedicated to achieve it.

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