Mr Chairman, this debate, the last debate of this Fourth Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, I think has proven the strength of this nation and its capability of coming together in unity and in the recognition that what unites us is stronger than all that which divides us when the need arises. I think it is proper and fitting that this takes place as the last word before we go into an election, which is always divisive.
I hope that the spirit of this debate - the fact that we have proven that in the spirit of ubuntu we recognise our shared humanity - can create the foundation for the governance of South Africa after elections, irrespective of whichever party will carry the burden of governing the country.
This debate proves that when it comes to matters of importance, it doesn't matter who raises the issue. Issues are issues. We should never look at the messenger, but rather look at the message. And the message that is being brought here today is that cancer is an emergency, which requires co- ordinated, multifaceted efforts of all segments of society, not just the Minister of Health, not just one therapy - but all therapies, all communities, all families. It is an educational problem; it's a scientific problem. It is first and foremost a societal problem. I think that this debate has lived up to the expectations that many have placed in this Parliament on these and on other occasions. Thank you, Mr Chairman. [Applause.]