South African Freedom Month
This year marks 28 years of freedom and democracy. The Freedom Month celebrations offer us an opportunity to reflect on progress made thus far in transforming our society, while also examining our challenges. The month celebrates freedom and commemorates the first democratic post-apartheid non-racial elections that were held on April 27th 1994, which saw Nelson Mandela elected as President.
Since 1994, we have moved from an oppressive society to one which values human rights for all through advancing human development and restoring human dignity.Our vibrant democracy is anchored by the constitution which guarantees equal rights for all.
• The month of April is a heightened period in South Africa to mark Freedom Month.
• The Freedom Month celebrations offer us an opportunity to reflect on progress made thus far in transforming our society, while also examining our challenges.
• The country has made remarkable progress since 1994 even though challenges of inequality, poverty and unemployment remain impediments to South Africa’s goal of national unity and social cohesion.
• Government remains committed to serve all the people of South Africa and ensuring that everyone’s right to freedom and democracy is respected.
• During this month, we must not forget the terrible past from which we have come, nor should we forget the many sacrifices made by patriots to ensure our democracy and freedom.
• Our history abounds with selfless patriots who paved the way for a democratic and free South Africa.
• Working together, let us continue to move South Africa forward without leaving anyone behind.