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Freedom Day: ANC, EFF and DA event schedules

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Freedom Day has arrived exactly ten days before the country heads to the polls to elect its new president.

This important day of observance allows political parties vying for the coveted seat of power a chance to reflect on 25 years of democracy and where it is they can improve on the shortfalls made by the ruling party.

Freedom Day: Looking back at 25 years of democracy

The general rhetoric around the notion of freedom in South Africa is that it has yet to be realised.

Although strides have been made over the years, a large majority of South Africa’s population does not enjoy the freedoms that were listed in the Freedom Charter by the Congress of the People campaign in 1955.

It will be 25 years, on the day, since South Africa participated in its first democratic elections and each political party hosting commemorative events this weekend will want to drive this point home, with the current state of the nation as its reference.

Freedom Day: Political party event schedules

ANC celebrations

It is the duty of the ruling party to lead commemorative events centred around days of observance. President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to lead the day’s celebrations in Makhanda (previously known as Grahamstown), Eastern Cape.

The event will take place at the Miki Yili Stadium in Joza township, under the theme: 25 years of freedom from apartheid colonial oppression and the country’s development as a constitutional democracy

“Freedom Day will be an occasion for the nation to reflect on how South Africa’s freedom and democracy was achieved and on the role all South Africans can play in growing the country together into the future,” the Presidency noted in a statement.

How will the EFF celebrate Freedom Day?

Further north of South Africa, in Limpopo, the birthplace of their leader, Julius Malema, the EFF will launch its takeover for the entirety of the weekend.

On Saturday, the commander in chief of the red berets will lead events at Makhuwa Stadium in Vhembe from 11:00, before moving further up north to Seshego Stadium, in Capricon.

The rallies will continue around the same times on Sunday, with Malema expected to address crowds at the Nkowankowa Stadium in Mopani, and later at Mahwelereng Stadium in Waterberg.

DA’s Freedom Day event diary

The DA released its events diary and by the looks of it, they are covering greater grounds with commemorative events scheduled to take place in eight provinces.

DA leader, Mmusi Maimane will be accompanied by the party’s youth leader, Luyolo Mpithi, as well as Gauteng’s premier candidate, Solly Msimanga when they unveil their “Jobs Act” plan at 62 Lower Germiston Road, Heriotdale, in Johannesburg from 10:00 on Saturday.

These are the other areas the DA will be celebrating Freedom Day:

Eastern Cape

DA Eastern Cape Premier Candidate Nqaba Bhanga will be leading a Freedom Day March to the Fountain Avenue Satellite Police Station in Walmer, Port Elizabeth

Time: 10:45

Meeting point: Corner of Heugh Road and Fountain Road, Walmer, Port Elizabeth

North West

DA North West Premier Candidate Joe McGluwa will embark on a mass door-to-door campaign in Karlien Park and Zinniaville in Rustenburg, followed by an address that will take place at the Zinniaville Sports Ground from 12:00.

Time: 10:30

Meeting Point: Zinniaville Sports Ground

Western Cape

DA Western Cape Premier Candidate, Alan Winde, will address the final East Region Rally in George.

Time: 09:00

Place: Conville Civic Centre, George

Northern Cape

DA Northern Cape Premier Candidate Andrew Louw will present the DA’s manifesto to the people of Namaqualand at a closing rally in Nababeep.

Time: 09:30

Place: McCloud Park, Nababeep

Free State

DA Free State Premier Candidate Patricia Kopane will interact with potential voters at Lusaka shopping centre in Qwaqwa.

Time: 15:30

Place: Lusaka shopping centre, Ward 30, Qwaqwa

Limpopo

DA Limpopo Premier Candidate Jacques Smalle will donate stationary and reading materials to a reading centre in Ga-Dikgale and building materials to the Mabitsela family at Dairying Village as part of commemorating Freedom Day.

Stationary donation

Time: 10:00

Place: Reatlegile Reading Centre (Ga-Dikgale)

Building materials donation

Time: 10:00

Place: Dairying Village, Ward 10

LGBTiQ endorsement

Time: 15:00

Place: Waterland Chisanyama, Polokwane

KwaZulu-Natal

DA Premier Candidate Zwakele Mncwango will lead a commemorative event and initiate the 10-day countdown to the election in KwaMashu.

Time: 11:00

Place: KwaMashu Sports Ground, C-Section

Mpumalanga

DA Mpumalanga Premier Candidate Jane Sithole will do door-to-door and address a public meeting in Skaapruiz, Msukaligwa.

Time: 10:00

Place: Open space next to Skaapruiz filling station

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