Fathima Meer’s 80th Birthday




13h00 at the Lotus Primary School, Westcliff, Chatsworth, Unit 3.

On Sunday, August 10, the Centre for Civil Society joins the Westcliff & Bayview Flat Residents Associations to celebrate Prof Fatima Meer and her role in ‘Chatsworth: 10 Years of Struggle’.


We will be honouring the work of Professor Fatima Meer and contributing to her 80th Birthday Celebration, and applauding the roles of many other women (and men) in organising for social justice in the Chatsworth community.

The program includes a live band and traditional dance groups, and an awards ceremony. The event begins at 13h00 at the Lotus Primary School, Westcliff, Chatsworth, Unit 3.

Please join us!

Fatima Meer opinion on …

Where the ANC vote is going to:
“The ANC in the past 14 years made a great contribution to our country, but it is a party that is fractured with dissension, and a party that has lost the capacity for leadership that it had during the liberation phase. Consequently, the people in general, not just Indians and coloureds, have become disillusioned. So my observation is that the ANC will still win the next election because there is no other party to replace it, but it will win the election by a reduced vote.”

Women in SA today:
“They are doing invaluable work, adding to their own self-respect and becoming worthy to their families and community in which they live and work. They’re giving back to the community and it’s wonderful the different things women are doing to help develop the country and its people. We must help, support and encourage them.”

Whether the youth of today take their freedom and opportunities for for granted:
“Every age group has its space and they do the best they can in that space. Young people are the same. They are also finding ways and means of improving society, and there are many youth doing great work. But there are many young people who don’t have opportunities or they have been misled into wrong ways. One has to understand that those youth are in need of help.”

Whether what you fought for during the liberation struggle has been achieved:
“No, it hasn’t. I aspired and still aspire to have a society where all South Africans will be equal to each other. We have a big task ahead of us to eliminate poverty because that is a major cause of inequality. We have too much disease, and lack of opportunities. Many people are miserable in our democracy and so we must strive not just to have a democracy, but to have a happy democracy, and remove misery.”

Whether you are tired of talking politics:
“No. I just don’t like to be asked about my feelings on personalities.”

What people do not know about you:
“That I love to paint and I’m actually good at it. I tried to paint the other day, though, but it doesn’t work so well when you can only use one hand.”


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