Freedom Day
(26 Apr 2017)

Feedom Day

Freedom Day

April 27th marks a special day for country and it is important that the youth are educated about the day truly symbolises and that it’s not just another day that they don’t have to go to school.

With all that is happening right now in South Africa, it is days such as these that we need to remember the true meaning of, and truly unite the country once more. Freedom Day is a national public holiday celebrated to mark the first post-apartheid elections that were inclusive to all citizens of any race, above 18 years old, held in South Africa on 27 April 1994.


Mandela said the following during his speech in 1994, “And so 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.”

As we are able to stay home with our loved ones on the day, it is important that we also remember to celebrate the efforts of those who fought and gave up their lives for our liberation. Many people in South Africa still suffer from poverty and unemployment, with all that said, do we truly have freedom then? Shouldn’t freedom also mean emancipation from all of these things too?


With that said, April 27 marks a day that we were truly able to try and fight our way out of poverty and unemployment as a united country. It is days such as these that we need to defend and embrace our freedom, not for ourselves but for those who lost their lives to ensure that we have the lives we do today.

 


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