Govt pleased with Freedom Day celebrations

2016-04-27 18:57
Thousands of people at the Giyani Stadium for Freedom Day celebrations, April 27 2016. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Thousands of people at the Giyani Stadium for Freedom Day celebrations, April 27 2016. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Cape Town - The government has thanked South Africans for "keeping democracy vibrant", saying the patriotism displayed on Freedom Day was "inspirational".

"This demonstration of active citizenship and patriotism displayed by countless South Africans was truly inspirational," it said in a statement. The country celebrated 22 years of democracy on Wednesday.

From attending President Jacob Zuma's Freedom Day address in Giyani, Limpopo, to the conversations on social media and on radio programmes about what freedom means, these activities reaffirmed that government had come a long way in transforming the nation, it said.

"However, government knows that more must still be done. We, therefore, call on all South Africans to join us in building the nation of our collective dreams."

Acting director general of Government Communication and Information Services Donald Liphoko said: "The 2016 celebration of Freedom Day was another positive milestone in our country’s democratic history. We appreciate South Africans for keeping our democracy strong and vibrant on this Freedom Day."

Freedom Day was also marked by several #ZumaMustFall protests in Johannesburg and Cape Town, where hundreds of people gathered to call for Zuma's resignation following a Constitutional Court ruling that found he had failed to uphold the Constitution by disregarding the public protector's Nkandla report.

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