Almost 30 years into our democracy, as we celebrate Freedom Day, we can boldly say: rapid progress has been made in certain areas, but in other areas there has been slow or no movement at all, writes Mbhazima Shilowa.
In its edition, after the first democratic elections, Mayibuye, the official monthly journal of the ANC, led with a cover of jets flying over the Union Buildings with the slogan "FREE AT LAST!" splashed across it, as part of its celebrations of the democratic outcome and the ANC's ascendancy to power, albeit as part of the constitutionally prescribed National Government of National Unity. The editorial was even more bullish and triumphalist in its tone: "The moment has arrived. Liberation. Real change. National Democratic Revolution. Call it what you may."
"It is the moment that flashed through the minds of many a hero as they succumbed to the assassin's bullet, the hangman's noose, and the torturer's fatal blow.