Freedom Day is an annual celebration of South Africa’s first non-racial democratic elections of 1994. Peace, unity, the preservation and the restoration of human dignity hallmarks Freedom Day celebrations on the 27th of April of each year.
The road to democracy was a long and difficult one. Since the arrival of the White man at the Cape in 1652, the indigenous peoples of South Africa came under White control and domination. Soon all peoples of colour were denied the vote and hence a say in the running of the country. South Africa was never truly independent nor democratic. The exclusion of the majority of South Africans from political power was at the centre of the liberation struggle and resistance to white minority rule.
Mandela casting his vote in 1994
Freedom Day is for all South Africans.
When South Africa was liberated both the oppressor and the oppressed were liberated. In the spirit of patriotism and promoting social cohesion all South Africans are called to be part of Freedom Day celebrations. Government reafirms its commitment to consolidate democracy and promote cultural diversity and social cohesion in South Africa.