South Africans celebrate Freedom Day

Apr 27, 2015

Scores of people have gathered at various Freedom Day celebrations across the country. South Africans come together on 27 April to celebrate Freedom Day and 21 years of democracy.

At the Newlands rugby stadium young people came in numbers to mark Freedom Day by praying about the social ills that plague the youth of the Western Cape.

The meeting is being spearheaded by Youth Transformation Africa, a network of faith based organisations.

They say as the country marks 21 years of democracy, the youth must play a more prominent role in providing answers to the societal challenges facing them.

Most of those who attended today's event are part of the so called born free generation, having been born in the post-apartheid era.

They say it is significant that they have gathered in their numbers to pray for South Africa on this particular day, as the onus now rests on the youth to ensure freedom from today's myriad of social ills, including Drugs, gangsterism, high levels of youth unemployment and crime.

The young people in attendance say they believe that in the same way that prayer was pivotal in bringing down apartheid, it will be instrumental in helping usher then into a new level of freedom.

Meanwhile in Bloemfontein, more than three hundred people have taken part in the inaugural Freedom Walk in honour of the 21 years the country's democracy.

Young and old converged at the Central University of Technology where they participated in the walk over different distances, of five, ten and 27 kilometres.

One of the organisers, Obakeng Monnye says they are pleased with what they managed to achieve.

Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha has commended the people of the province for continuing to accommodate foreign nationals from other African countries.

Mathabatha was addressing more than 500 people attending Freedom Day celebrations at Moroke village in the Sekhukhune region.
He's urged South Africans to remember that the fight for liberation was won with the help of the whole of Africa.

“Pre1994, 1990, we had apartheid that had displaced us to other countries. And these people of these other countries accommodated us very warmly and they gave us everything that we wanted, we needed that time. What we need to do now is to say one good hand deserves another, instead of displacing them, taking knobkerries and sjamboks and looting their shops,” says Mathabatha.

In an effort to intensify integration mechanism, Eastern Cape provincial Arts and Culture department hosted the Freedom Day Marathon to embrace foreign nationals and South Africans.

MEC Pemmy Majodina says that: “We have attained our freedom due to international solidarity. If it was not our African brothers and sisters, if it was not out of the world, we could not  have seen 21 years of freedom today.

“We wanted to assure them that come to Eastern Cape, this is the province of legends, this is a province of peace and this is a province of humanity and we know that most of our African brothers they participate more on sport and recreation.”

President Jacob Zuma delivered the keynote address at the national event at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Monday.

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