By Thys Khiba
Bloemfontein – President Cyril Ramaphosa together with Premier Sisi Ntombela are expected to lead a national Freedom Day, which is themed under “The year of Charlotte Maxeke” event in Botshabelo, on Tuesday 27 April.
The 2021 commemoration comes after 27 years of freedom and democracy since South Africa’s first non-racial democratic elections in 1994.
“The elections marked the advent of democracy after nearly four centuries of colonialism and apartheid.”
Ramaphosa will also be expected to take a tour at and will officially open the Charlotte Maxeke Treatment Centre in Botshabelo. The centre will be used for a rehabilitation centre for substance abuse among other services.
Meanwhile, the NAFCOC Free State Youth Chairperson, Moeketsi Kope says that his organisation is distancing themselves from the “uncommunicated shutdown” planned for tomorrow, 27 April 2021 at Botshabelo Centre by “some members” of the SHUTDOWN Movement. Kope says that nothing was communicated with them about the last resolution of the planned protest to disrupt the office of the Free State provincial government.
“However we distance ourselves from the uncommunicated shutdown planned and led by some leaders of the movement who do not have the right to be taking such decision because of their area of responsibility as elected by the collective,” said Kope.
The NAFCOC Free State Youth is one of the founding organisations of the SHUTDOWN Movement. One of the objectives of the movement was to mobilise community members into realising the importance of having the economy being managed by South African communities in their own areas.
Freedom Day: After decades of resistance, a stalemate between the Liberation Movement and the Apartheid government was reached in 1988. It is reported that the African National Congress (ANC), South African Communist Party (SACP), Pan African Congress (PAC) and other organisations were later unbanned on 2 February 1990.
Eventually, a non-racial constitution was agreed upon and adopted in 1993. A day to remembered by South Africans, on the 27th of April 1994, the nation finally cast its vote in the first democratic election in the country. The ANC came out victorious and voted into power. The late Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as the President of South Africa on 10 May.
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