Union: Make Mandela Day a holiday

2012-07-04 16:50

Johannesburg - Mandela Day on July 18 should be a public holiday, the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu) said on Wednesday.

General secretary Johan Koen said the union had written to President Jacob Zuma stating its case for the day becoming an annual public holiday.

"Every year South Africans are reminded of the 67 years of his life that [Former President] Nelson Mandela gave fighting for the rights of humanity, equality, justice and democracy all South Africans enjoy today," Koen said in a statement.

On July 18, Mandela's birthday, people celebrate his contribution by spending 67 minutes doing something to help others.

Koen said if it was a public holiday, people could dedicate more than 67 minutes to worthy causes.

"Nelson Mandela is not only a living legend, but he also represents the qualities of compassion, determination and unity we must strive for as a nation to make a better South Africa for all."

  • Thato Okonkwo Fakudze - 2012-07-04 17:09

    We already have too many holidays hai...

      Siyabonga Margqarmzorh Masondo - 2012-07-04 17:15

      i agree with u, no more holidays!

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-04 18:09

      Agree fully he would not have said spend some time helping less fortunate people if he thought wasting a whole day would be better .

  • Siyabonga Margqarmzorh Masondo - 2012-07-04 17:14

    No, that wont be right, cos im definitely sure that, the day he's pronounced, dead, will be a holiday too, so how many holidays should we have, we have enough already!

  • Andres - 2012-07-04 17:21

    We should celebrate Mandela on Freedom Day, after all, this was the day he was made our first democratically elected president. He should be honoured (but on an existing holiday), but we really CANNOT have any more public holidays! The unions are ridiculous and bloody lazy, just look at how much good SADTU has done for education in this country.

  • ian.d.samson - 2012-07-04 17:34

    BS - then there will be Jacob Zuma Day, Julius Malema Day, Helen Zille Day, ... there are far too many holidays as it is. Who is Nelson Mandela anyway?

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-07-04 17:39

    Yes let's have more holidays. The people are too lazy to work.

  • Mbavhalelo - 2012-07-04 17:45

    Dat is reduculous holiday 4 what?

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-04 18:12

    Yes on one condition the Union pay the employees and compensate the already bankrupted employers for time loss .

  • givenmasanabo - 2012-07-04 18:19

    we gona be happy for that.......bronkhorstspruit >>>>>>>zithobeni

  • Jane Mdakane - 2012-07-04 18:23

    I really dnt see what the fuss is all you really have to go so far as dis respecting people.....You are not forced to stay at home go to work if need be and let people who want to celebrate do that.....People do still work on holidays so....????

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-04 18:23

    Soon we going 2 have holiday 4 having the most holidays

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-07-04 18:25

    We Have too many already don't be daft!

      Isaac Mathe - 2014-07-15 07:07

      Hay get a life slabert where have u been

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-07-04 18:27

    If you guys had your way we would only work one day a week and then you would want to go home early!

  • illuminatedj - 2012-07-04 18:42

    Having a holiday don't mean you are lazy some people want to work being a slave for someone until the rest of their life yet they are never satisfied on a pay day. Man I have a life to live life is not about working on holiday I rest Observing mandela day as a public holiday day is a worship of a man mandela how can the union think of that

  • fdalana - 2012-07-04 18:49

    side-effects of the mandela 'diagnosis'.

  • emmanuel.magoro.5 - 2012-07-05 07:27

    This makes a lot of sense, we are unable to get involved in community work as wee are at work on this day.

  • dhe.bat.5 - 2012-07-05 14:50

    I agree 100% that Mandela's birthday should be made a public holiday forever. Through this day many people would be reminded that by fighting for what you believe in and with the power of love in your heart, then you can surpass hate and rejoice in unity as one nation. We are humans and we should treat each other with respect and as one. May God Himself implement this day. AMEN.

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