Let freedom reign – an article by a proud young South African, Phumzile Xaba 

Freedom Day marks one of the most important and most memorable days in South Africa’s history. 27 April 1994 was a prestigious day, as the country’s first democratic elections took place. According to Stats SA, almost 20 million South Africans cast their votes on that day.

This year we celebrate 18 years of democracy and freedom in South Africa, along with all we have achieved as a nation, united.
While Freedom Day is a reminder of the pain, struggles and oppression we suffered as a country, it is also a day to mark and celebrate the time when all South Africans were set free from oppression.

On Freedom Day, our nation also celebrates and commemorates the men and women who lost their lives during the struggle, to ensure that South Africa becomes a country in which everyone can live in peace and harmony irrespective of their race, nationality, or gender. Freedom day is meant to remind us that South Africans are one people with one destiny.

We as South Africans need to remember that with the freedom bestowed upon us, comes responsibilities. We also need to take pride in our country and be Proudly South African. This means we must, for example, support South African companies and their locally produced goods and services. This will assist in creating job opportunities for individuals and ultimately ensure positive growth in our economy.

Our beloved Nelson Mandela once said: ‘For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others”.

Let us respect one another and embrace the freedom we enjoy – and let us never forget the price that was paid by those who fought for our rights and our freedom in South Africa.

“Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement” – Nelson Mandela.
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