SOUTH AFRICA – As we edge closer to the monumental 20th anniversary of Freedom Day on April 27, South Africans are talking and remembering.
Local media is packed with interviews and features on people who played a part of the events that took place in 1994, with the focus becoming more intense as commemorative events are planned for Sunday.
For some people the marking of 20 years of democracy in South Africa is something to celebrate. For others, it’s a reminder that not enough has changed.
Ordinary people are speaking out on Twitter and other social media, putting their thoughts and comments out into the public domain.
Here is what some of those using their voice have to say:
#20years ago I was a naïve young man angry at the world and wanting SA to be mine alone. I realise later that I must take hands and share SA— Derrick (@Derrick_67) April 25, 2014
@RediTlhabi remembering the first day we all voted. One kid popped a Liquifruit box and everyone went for cover…the joy was indescribable”— Jacques van Rensburg (@vrjacques) April 25, 2014
@RediTlhabi On the 27th of April 1994 i was doing Grade 1, Mandela was the only celebrity i knew expect Michael Jackson.— Rendani Nevhulaudzi (@R3ndani) April 25, 2014
@RediTlhabi Happy Freedom Day to all Sout Africans.Lets never forget the heavy price that was paid in blood for our freedom.— aaron phiri (@aaronphiri4) April 25, 2014
@RediTlhabi In 1994 I voted for non racialism,equal education and equal opportunities.I still vote for the same but for a different party.— Gabyj (@gabyj1) April 25, 2014
20 years of freedom and still no white genocide. Steve Hofmeyr's gonna have to find a new right wing conspiracy theory.— Chester Missing (@chestermissing) April 25, 2014