President Jacob Zuma bestowed ANC stalwart, Mac Maharaj, with the National Order of Luthuli, for his exceptional service to the struggle for freedom.
The prestigious ceremony took place in Pretoria on Thursday.
702's John Robbie spoke to the former Presidential Spokesperson and Advisor to President Jacob Zuma about his recent milestone.
Listen to the interview below:
I am honoured to have received the award. Unfortunately, I was unable to be present so my daughter, Jo, received it on my behalf of my family and I.— Mac Maharaj, ANC stalwart
I know the long and painful journey we have travelled and I know that there are many more mountains we have to climb in South Africa.— Mac Maharaj, ANC stalwart
I dedicate this award to those who serve to bring us to where we are today and to those who will build the future on the foundations we have laid.— Mac Maharaj, ANC stalwart
Maharaj declined to comment on the various calls for Zuma to step down from his position. He said every society has challenges and contradictions.
The important thing is to remember that these awards are part of a process of recognising where we come from.— Mac Maharaj, ANC stalwart
I am a member of the ANC. I did say that it is time to turn our frustrations and anger of what we have not achieved into energy to build the future.— Mac Maharaj, ANC stalwart