‘This is how we really feel about Freedom Day’

2015-04-27 12:30

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Four young South Africans share their thoughts of what Freedom Day means.

JUNIOR SESIPENG (24)

“This rainbow nation ideal that the country is going for is something that comes across very strongly in a number of adverts that end in this kind of happy-family situation with everyone sharing a beer and getting along with their multiracial group of friends.

“Freedom Day is more a day of remembrance for me and reminds me how fortunate we are to have freedom in this day and age.”

CINDY WITTEN (26)

“I’m originally from Cape Town, where most of my friends are coloured. There was never really the opportunity to make other friends.

“In my opinion, as a country we are not quite there yet. I feelwe still have a long way to go. It will take at least another generation or two before we start noticing and appreciating people for who they are, and not their race.

“My parents are not racist, but I’m sure if I had to bring home a black, Indian or even a white boyfriend, it would be difficult for them to be accepting of him.”

SAMANTHA SARJOO (23)

“Freedom Day to me means being able to look in the mirror and not get a shock that I have dark skin.

“It means embracing everything about me, from being able to like Jeremy Loops to only wanting to go to places that play SA hip-hop, vernacular lyrics and all. I pretty much enjoy being free of trying to be something I’m not, or to fit in where I actually don’t.

“It’s a day I get to enjoy the white friends who stayed when I stopped trying to be white, the coloured friends who allowed me in and the black friends who helped me see I was more me around them than I’d ever been around anyone else.

“And all the other people who actually don’t care about race at all.”

TSHOMARELO MOCHE (34)

“Sports does unite people of different races. When certain teams play and you wear your jersey, we project something about ourselves, and other supporters understand what we’re going through. Especially when the cricket was on. Everyone from whatever background was shouting for AB de Villiers.”

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