Freedom day celebrations

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Clintin Brummer

On Friday, the 27th of April South Africa celebrated Freedom day. So what is Freedom day all about? Well, it commemorates the first post-apartheid elections. This all dates back to 1994, a lot happened in that year every citizen of South Africa, over 18, of any race became allowed to vote.

There are twelve such holidays determined by the Public Holiday’s Act. Each meant to commemorate the growth our country has achieved.  In 1995 President Nelson Mandela, after the first year of voting inequality said: “We assemble here today, and in other parts of the country, to mark a historic day in the life of our nation. Wherever South Africans are across the globe, our hearts beat as one, as we renew our common loyalty to our country and our commitment to its future.”

It was the 23rd annual Freedom day, and even Google joined in the fun. They had a commemorative Freedom day doodle specially made, just to celebrate with us. Many waited for President Cyril Ramaphosa`s speech.  “On this say 24 years ago, we were able for the first time in our lives to exercise our democratic right to vote as equals before the law for a government of our choice.  It is the day on which our rightful place as a people deserving of respect and dignity was restored. It was Madiba who cautioned us not to be captivated by the allure of the achievement of freedom. Though we have climbed a great hill, he said, we dare not linger, because there are many more to climb,” President Cyril Ramaphoza said.

South Africa has faced many hardships in the past. Some recent, some old, but throughout all of life`s adversities, we as a nation stand strong. There are quite a few challenges awaiting us; quite a lot to be done. But even when the odds are not in our favour, we as a nation will never say die.

23 years we have waved this banner called equality, and within that time we have seen empires rise and fall all in the name of progress. No matter the loss or struggle, South Africa always has and always will amaze the world – be it good or bad.

 

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