Freedom day

South Africa today personifies what literature refers to as a plot-twist. Today marks freedom day in South Africa and Two things will be going on at once. President Jacob Zuma will be celebrating Freedom Day in Giyani, Limpopo with the theme “Together Building Better Communities – Local Government is Everybody’s Business”. The aim of doing this is to promote unity and working together to build a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa.

Meanwhile, hundreds of protesters across the country will march to parliament, calling for him to vacate his office. In Johannesburg, civil group, People’s Assembly will join the chorus calling for Zuma’s removal from office.

Twitter users have already started taking to twitter to air their feelings about this. While the hashtag Freedomday is trending, Zumamustgo is also trending with the protesters. It will be recalled that for about 5 years, Zuma has been involved in a series of corruption allegations and was recently declared in breach of the constitution by the constitutional court of South Africa and he’s liable to pay the government funds he used to renovate his house in Nkandla, estimated to be $23million.

Freedom Day is a South African public holiday celebrated on 27 April. It celebrates freedom and commemorates the first post-apartheid elections held on that day in 1994. The elections were the first non-racial national elections where everyone of voting age of over 18 from any race group, including foreign citizens permanently resident in South Africa was allowed to vote. Previously, under the apartheid regime, non-whites had only limited rights to vote.
On the first commemoration of the holiday, President Nelson Mandela addressed Parliament.

Author: Ope Adedeji