This day in 1994 saw the first free and fair election of South Africa. The struggle of the apartheid regime which saw many people shed blood in the name of freedom and fairness was over. It was the day that heralded the long awaited hopeful horizon where this diverse country with its many colours and creeds, cultures and belief systems could work together in building a new South Africa.
The elections which are known to actually be the first multiracial elections of South Africa saw the victory of the votes going to the African National Congress (ANC) in alliance with the communist party as well as the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu). The fight to have the free and fair,non racially dominated election was the long walk to freedom that former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela took, it was what he fought for, what he was jailed for, and what he stood for in everything he was until his death on 5th December 2013.
Freedom Day stands for the freedom of the people. It incorporates the freedom of being in everything you are as long as it does not crush the boundaries of living, the livelihood and being of another human. This public holiday may as well be the most important reminder on the calendar to the South African people that the rainbow nation was a long struggle to achieve and it is up to the South African people to keep it alive.
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