South Africa is celebrating its 13th year of democracy since the first non-racial elections on 27 April 1994.

Freedom Day reminds us that every person is valuable and deserving of equal rights. This in not just another opportunity to sleep late and have a braai; recognise this day for what it is. Treat people with respect wherever you go – whether it’s the person working at the convenience store, the petrol attendant or your mother! Freedom Day reminds us of the pain of the past (a lesson not to be repeated) and – this is where the tricky part comes in – we need to then move on in forgiveness and together celebrate the future of this country.

Reference: Arts and Culture Department

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