Celebrating Freedom Day Annually In South Africa

The country fought so hard for freedom and
democracy in South Africa. Why political
parties like Congress of the People (COPE) say the
ANC does not deserve the position as the ruling
party? COPE made it clear that the ruling party
has failed the country right in the beginning of
democracy, the party feels that the ANC is not
upholding to the promises they made. AgangSA also
have the same sentiment towards the ANC. AgangSA
leader expressed her concern during her interview
that the worst mistake made by the country is when
the people of South Africa allowed the ANC to work
on their own after democracy. She says there were no
over-side inspection by the people of this country.
“They thought that the ANC had everything
under control which is why after liberation they never
went back to say let us all work together and build a
better country. Things like corruption, nepotism and
unemployment would have been prevented,” said
AgangSA leader. This is a time to celebrate what we
have achieved together in a democratic South Africa
and recommit ourselves to make our country a better
place to live in. The struggle for freedom didn’t end in
1994, and our challenges should not overshadow the
significant progress made over the last two decades.
Let us use this celebration to foster a common agenda
of building a united and prosperous South Africa.
South Africa celebrates Freedom Day annually on
the 27 April and the theme for this year is “The year
of OR Tambo: Together deepening democracy and
building safer and crime-free communities”.
27 April commemorates the day in 1994 when
the first democratic election was held in South Africa.
27 April, South Africa celebrates Freedom Day to
mark the liberation of our country and its people
from a long period of colonialism and White minority
domination (apartheid). Apartheid ‘officially’ began in
South Africa in 1948, but colonialism and oppression
of the African majority had plagued South Africa
since 1652. After decades of resistance, a stalemate
between the Liberation Movement and the Apartheid
government was reached in 1988. The ANC, South
African Communist Party (SACP), Pan African
Congress (PAC) and other organisations were later
unbanned on 2 February 1990, and a non-racial
constitution was eventually agreed upon and adopted
in 1993. On 27 April 1994, the nation finally cast its
vote in the first democratic election in the country.

The ANC was then voted into power, and Nelson
Mandela was inaugurated as the President of South
Africa on 10 May.
It is important to note however, that “freedom”
should mean emancipation from poverty,
unemployment, racism, sexism and other forms
of discrimination. We are 15 years into our new
democracy and many of these issues are still rife
in our country. We are still a long way away from
solving many of the legacies of Apartheid and now
face new challenges, like the growing inequality
among South Africans and political and economic
instability in the region caused by a new elite who are
interested in pursuing their own interests. Freedom

Day therefore serves as a reminder to us that the
guarantee of our freedom requires us to remain
permanently vigilant against corruption and the
erosion of the values of the Freedom Struggle and
to build an active citizenry that will work towards
wiping out the legacy of racism, inequality and the
promotion of the rights embodied in our constitution.
The celebrations coincide with the centenary
of the late President and national Chairperson
of the ANC, Mr Oliver Reginald Tambo, an
international icon and hero of the South African
liberation struggle. Freedom Day recognises and
celebrates the strides that have been made since
1994, and acknowledges that South Africa is a far
better society than it was under apartheid. It is
also a period of reflection on what else needs to
be done collectively towards the goal of building a
prosperous society and improving the quality of life
for all. Our democracy has restored the dignity of
millions of South Africans and changed our lives
for the better. We cannot allow crime and criminal
activities to derail us. Let us join hands to preserve
our freedom and SAY NO to racism, crime and
corruption and substance abuse.
We just wonder how free we are going to be if
the ANC continue to use tax payers money, endless
corruption and no services to the people. Like Julius
Malema once said ‘Black people are worse off now
than in Apartheid’.