Mandeni Municipality Celebrates Freedom Day

The 27th of April for South Africa marks the day all South Africans regardless of their race or social economic status, voted in the country’s first free and fair elections.

The elections saw the end of over 300 years of colonialism, segregation and violent white minority rule. The voting day led to the establishment of a new democratic government and Nelson Mandela becoming South Africa’s first President in the new democratic era.

This year as we commemorate Nelson Mandela Centenary, we also celebrate Freedom Day under the theme “The year of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela: towards full realisation of our freedom through radical socio-economic transformation.”

Government is advancing radical socio-economic transformation to create the type of society envisioned in the National Development Plan.

Nelson Mandela once said: “Let us never be mindful of the terrible past from which we come, memory should not be used as a means to keep us shackled to the past in a negative manner rather as a joyous reminder of how far we have come and how much we have achieved.”

* In the spirit of Thuma Mina (Send Me) sweeping across our nation let us work to build the country envisioned at the start of our democracy.

* Our nation is founded on the values of human dignity, non-racialism and non-sexism, the rule of law and universal adult suffrage, as enshrined in the Constitution.

* Over the last 24 years our democracy has restored the dignity of millions of South Africans and changed our lives for the better.

All South Africans must continue to remove the barriers that still divide us.

Let us continue to build communities  where the values of human dignity, non-racialism and non-sexism, and the rule of law remain paramount.

Let us all work together to be the change we want to better our community for ourselves and future South African generations to come.