MDC Alliance leader, Advocate Nelson Chamisa has joined South Africa in celebrating their 27th Independence Anniversary.
The opposition leader hailed South Africa for attaining freedom from colonialism which he said came at a huge sacrifice from heroes who paid their sacrifices adding that this freedom must be protected by all African countries.
“A happy Freedom Day to our brothers & sisters in South Africa. Freedom came at a huge cost and we pay tribute to all who paid the ultimate price in the heroic struggle. The long walk to freedom has no end as it must be nurtured and guarded vigilantly. Let freedom engulf all Africa,” Chamisa posted on twitter.
The Freedom Day was celebrated under the theme “The Year of Charlotte Maxeke: the Meaning of Freedom under COVID-19”. The commemoration comes at a time when South Africa is about to embark on a massive vaccination programme.
Freedom Day is the commemoration of the first democratic elections held in South Africa on 27 April 1994. These were the first post-apartheid national elections to be held in South Africa where anyone could vote regardless of race.
In Addition, the first democratic elections on 27 April 1994 gave birth to South Africa’s constitutional democracy. For the majority of South Africans who had never voted before their dignity was restored and the country transformed to a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic society.
Meanwhile, during apartheid, racial segregation was enforced by the National Party which prevented any kind of inter-racial activity.
South Africa is the country it is today because of their countless sacrifices and that of many other South Africans who fought tirelessly to overcome the brutal apartheid system.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was leading the 2021 National Freedom Day celebration today.