The Parliamentary Constituency Office (PCO) and the Southern Suburbs Legal Advice Centre (SSLAC) distributed sanitary towels to 430 girls at three primary schools, to mark Mandela Day, which is celebrated annually on July 18.
The pupils at Perivale Primary School in Lotus River, Capricorn Primary School in Vrygrond and Ukhanyo Primary School in Masiphumelele received the packages on Friday July 17.
Member of Parliament, Advocate Hishaam Mohamed who is the chairperson of SSLAC, addressed the pupils.
“On December 5 2013, seven years ago, the world came together as one, united in its diversity when our world icon Nelson Mandela passed on.
“This year the world has come together to fight three pernicious pandemics, gender-based violence, which is casting a huge, ugly shadow over our nation; racism; and Covid-19, the deadly virus that is sowing destruction and death world-wide.
“Nelson Mandela would have been at the forefront of all these pandemics. Because when one thinks of Madiba, we think how best we can take forward his legacy. His legacy commanded us into action to emulate what he stood for. He spent his entire life fighting against poverty, injustice, inequality, unemployment, the marginalisation of women and the poorest of the poor.
“When I think of Madiba I remember his love for children and young people. To this effect, Nelson Mandela taught us many lessons, (such as): ‘Don’t do something to be successful, do so for the greater good and success will follow’.”
The United Nations General Assembly declared July 18 Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of former President Mandela’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.
July 18 was Madiba’s birthday.