Report by Felicia Mogoboya
UPDATE: It’s 27 years since South Africa held its first democratic elections. The 27th April commemorates the day in 1994 when the first election took place. Today South Africa celebrates Freedom Day to mark the liberation of our country and its people form a long period of colonialism and white minority domination(apartheid), but colonialism and oppression of the African majority had plagued South Africa since 1652.
After decades of resistance, stalemate between the Liberation Movement and Apartheid government was reached in 1988. The ANC, South African Communist Party (SACP) , Pan African Congress (PAC) and other organizations were later unbanned on 2 February 1990, and a non-racial constitution was eventually agreed upon and adopted in 1993.
Furthermore the elections are allowed for a any new constitution and almost 30 years into democracy, South Africa remains one of the world’s most unequal societies . On later stage of pandemic that the country is facing, coronavirus has also been blamed for high levels of unemployment, hunger and poor health.
President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to lead the day’s celebration under the theme “The year of Charlotte Maxeke, The meaning of Freedom under CIVID-19”.