Freedom Day is a South African public holiday celebrated on 27 April, the date, which marks freedom and commemorates the first post-apartheid elections.
While this day is marked as one of the important days in history, many people in South Africa are still lost with not knowing more about what the day holds.
It’s a good idea to head back to SA’s roots on Freedom Day – not only to remember the bitter history and wrongs of the past, but to celebrate just how far we’ve come as a nation in building bridges to a better future for everyone.
Take a look at the following facts below and learn more about Freedom day.
1. The day celebrates freedom and commemorates the first post-apartheid elections held on that day in 1994.
2. Since the arrival of the White man at the Cape in 1652, the indigenous peoples of South Africa came under White control and domination.
3. Previously, under the apartheid regime, non-whites had only limited rights to vote.
4. Some groups and social movements celebrate a version of Freedom Day called UnFreedom Day in which they mourn the unfreedom still experienced by the poor.
5. The elections were the first non-racial national elections where everyone of voting age of over 18 from any race group was allowed to vote.