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%.
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.
In addition,Google would also like to wish all of us a happy Freedom day.
— Google in Africa (@googleafrica) April 27, 2019
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:
School Choir – Freedom Day Celebration pic.twitter.com/cazIWQ29Md
— Burnwood Secondary (@burnwoodschool) April 26, 2019
South Africans abroad are also celebrating Freedom Day
South Africans in the Netherlands out to vote. Happy Freedom Day, SA. 🇿🇦
Also, Happy King’s Day The Netherlands.🇳🇱 pic.twitter.com/d7x7v7DFJN
— Sindiswa Nobula (@SindiswaNobula) April 27, 2019
The voter's queue – where random strangers happily strike up conversations… in London no less!
That's Saffas for you – bucking trends since 19-voetsek!#SAElections2019 #London #FreedomDay @SABCNewsOnline pic.twitter.com/bJVJrIirdX
— Nicki Szlovak (@nixszlovak) April 27, 2019
— Mary Mullan-Christie (@MaryMChristie) April 27, 2019
— Consulate General of Ireland, Mumbai (@irelandinmumbai) April 26, 2019
And we have all the jokes too
— puben_g (@puben_g) April 27, 2019
— Lisette Lombard (@LisLombard) April 27, 2019
But there is still much left to do
SOUTH AFRICANs are not FREE… still live in poverty, youth unemployed, those who have made it through hard work live in fear..they killed for their belongings-robbed by thugs etc..women/men/children abuse, WHERE IS FREEDOM there??? & Data ya dura #FreedomDay pic.twitter.com/b5WZyFGAWI
— MissLoverLover (@Amanda_Qabs) April 27, 2019
— Nthabi (@missnthabil) April 27, 2019