Acting Director General of Government Communication and Information Services, Donald Liphoko has thanked South Africans for keeping the democracy in South Africa vibrant and strong. He said “the 2016 celebration of Freedom Day was another positive milestone in our country’s democratic history. We appreciate South Africans for keeping our democracy strong and vibrant on this Freedom Day.”

“This demonstration of active citizenship and patriotism displayed by countless South Africans was truly inspirational,” Liphoko continued.

The activities to mark the 2016 Freedom Day in South Africa included President Jacob Zuma’s Freedom Day address in Giyani, Limpopo. Also were conversations on social media and on radio programmes about what freedom means and a protest by South Africans for their President to resign from office.

The day marked the #ZumaMustFall protest in Johannesburg and Cape Town, where hundreds of people gathered to call for Zuma’s resignation following a Constitutional Court ruling that found he had failed to uphold the Constitution by disregarding the public protector’s Nkandla report.

April 27 commemorates the day in 1994 when the first democratic election was held in South Africa.

Author: Ope Adedeji