Freedom Day, a day which changed South African history

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The South African National elections are a mere month away, with political parties encouraging South Africans to vote and make an impact on how our beautiful country is run.

In the build-up to the elections, South Africans find themselves preparing to celebrate Freedom Day on Saturday, April 27. A day which has a rich significance in regards to the upcoming elections.

What does Freedom Day mean?

Freedom Day is a public holiday which is celebrated annually on April 27. It is a day which commemorates the first post-apartheid elections on that day in 1994.

On the day, South African history changed with the first non-racial national elections which allowed every one over 18, from all race groups to play a role in the running of the country, allowing them to cast their vote.

With Nelson Mandela elected as the first Black South African President, paving the way to a country of unity and brotherly love, South African history was truly made.

Now as we ease into the weekend, we take a moment to remember the sacrifices made by thousands of people in the fight against injustice and intolerance.

As the elections draw closer, we remember the importance of practising our freedom. Freedom from intolerance and hate. Freedom from ignorance and of course voicing our freedom to vote for whoever we wish.

Cocoa Channel once said, “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” 

The Newcastillian wishes its readers a Happy Freedom Day and a great weekend.

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