The children must, at last, play in the open veld, no longer tortured by the pangs of hunger or ravaged by the disease or threatened with the scourge of ignorance, molestation and abuse, and no longer required to engage in deeds whose gravity exceeds the demands of their tender years. (10 December 1993)
Few things make the life of a parent more rewarding and sweet as successful children.
(3 March 1981)
There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.
(8 May 1995)
Our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation.They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of our national wealth who care for and protect our people. (3 June 1995)
The children who sleep in the streets, reduced to begging to make a living, are a testimony to an unfinished job. The families who live in shacks with no running water, sanitation and electricity are a reminder that the past continues to haunt the present. (28 July 1996)
Africa is renowned for its beauty, its natural heritage and prolific resources – but equally, the image of its suffering children haunts the conscience of our Continent and the world. (2 August 1996)
Let us reach out to the children. Let us do whatever we can to support their fight to rise above their pain and suffering.
It always gives me great pleasure to be surrounded by the beautiful children of our land. Whenever I am with energetic young people such as yourselves I feel like a recharged battery, confident that our country can look forward to great things. You are the future of this country – you are the people who will lead us into the next century. (23 April 1997)
The true character of society is revealed in how it treats its children. (27 September 1997)
Each of us as citizens, has a role to play in creating a better world for our children. (9 May 2002)
Our children are our future and one of the basic responsibilities is to care doe them in the best and most compassionate manner possible. (7 November 2003)
One of the way we can build a better future for our children is by empowering them through allowing them to speak up for themselves. Of course, we as adults have to guide them and to take the ultimate responsibility but that is something quite different from patronising them. The rights of children must, importantly, include the right to be themselves and to talk for themselves. (November 2003)
Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future. Those who abuse them tear at the fabric of our society and weaken our nation. (22 November 1997)