Sat. Nov 23rd, 2019

In photos: Freedom Day celebrations across the country

Freedom day celebrations south africaIt’s Freedom Day, a significant day for South Africans. Let’s see how everyone is celebrating.

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If you are stuck for ideas, we’ve compiled a list of places you could visit today. Furthermore, use the opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come as a country – the successes and the shortcomings. There is still much work left to do.

But why do we celebrate Freedom Day

Let us also not forget why we are here today. In essence,Freedom Day celebrates the first time that every South African citizen was given the right to vote.

For the first time in South Africa’s history, people of colour were allowed to vote for parties which just a few years earlier were still banned under the apartheid government.

In like manner, out of the 22.7m eligible voters, 19m showed up at the polls to cast their votes in South Africa’s first democratic, non-racial election.

Following that, the ANC won the election with 62.65% of the vote. In the second place was the National Party with 20.39% of the photos, followed by the Inkatha Freedom Party with 10.54%.

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On this day, 27 April 1994, Nelson Mandela votes for the first time in his life, at Ohlange High School in KwaZulu-Natal. / Image via Twitter: @NelsonMandela

Political parties are also using the day to for electioneering purposes. President Cyril Ramaphosa is leading the celebrations in Makhanda, Eastern Cape today.

Julius Malema is leading events at the Makhuwa Stadium in Vhembe, while Mmusi Maimane and Solly Msimanga unveiled their “Jobs Act plan in Heriotdale, Johannesburg.

ANC celebrations

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Social media caption: “ANC members receive a warm welcome at Fezile Dabi District Stadium in Parys in the Free State, where Ace Magashule will be adressing the Freedom Day rally.” / Image via Twitter: @MYANC
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Image via Twitter: @MYANC

EFF celebrations

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Social media caption: “EFF CIC Julius Malema reiterating the commitments of the EFF and a plan of action towards achieving economic emancipation in our lifetime. / Image via Twitter: @EFFSouthAfrica
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Social media caption: “CIC Julius Malema is about to address our people at an EFF Freedom Day Rally in Limpopo Province NOW at Makhuvha Stadium in Vhembe. / Image via Twitter: @EFFSouthAfrica

DA celebrations

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Social media caption: “The DA Western Cape East Region Final Rally in George is in full swing.The venue is full to capacity and our Western Cape Premier candidate, Alan Winde will address the people shortly. The DA is the only party that brings all races together.” / Image via Twitter: @Our_DA
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Image via Twitter: @Our_DA

In addition,Google would also like to wish all of us a happy Freedom day.

The Burnwood Secondary School in Durban also put on a special performance to mark the iconic day. But don’t just scroll by, give it a listen here:

South Africans abroad are also celebrating Freedom Day

And we have all the jokes too

But there is still much left to do

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