April 27, 2014: Thousands of DA supporters celebrating 20 years of freedom in Bothsabelo West, in the North West.
JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille on Sunday said that until the country&39;s aspirations were all fulfilled it had not yet gained freedom.
"This 20th Freedom Day, let us never forget the high standard to which we aspire," Zille said in a statement.
"As long as South Africans are jobless or homeless, or suffer from preventable diseases and ill-health, or live in fear, danger, ignorance or despair, then we have not yet attained our freedom and there is much more to be done," she said.
Zille called on institutions of democracy to be defended and said that was her party&39;s mission.
"We are working to realise an ever more meaningful freedom in South Africa, a freedom in which people have real opportunities to improve their lives and build better futures, a freedom in which governments serve people and corruption is a thing of the past," said Zille.
She saluted struggle veterans and former presidents Nelson Mandela and FW De Klerk for their roles in liberating the country.
"Today we remember the giant of that group, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. We remember his selflessness, his incorruptibility, his deep personal commitment to a united South Africa, and his efforts to extend opportunities to those who had been denied them in the past," said Zille.
"We also pay tribute to the exceptional leadership of FW de Klerk, who managed to lead the majority of his followers out of the dead-end path of conflict, towards a negotiated settlement."
She said Mandela had the notion that freedom was not an event but a process, and went on to add that the Freedom Day celebrations were for the whole nation and not just one party.
"Many people here and across the world said it could not be done but South Africa did it," she said, adding that the country was in a better place now than it was 20 years ago.
The 20th Anniversary of Democracy - Statement by DA Leader Helen Zille
"We try our best to emulate Nelson Mandela&39;s example every day in the DA." - @HelenZille VoteToWin FreedomDay pic.twitter.com/aIHf2GzxfT— Democratic Alliance (@DA_News) April 27, 2014
Democratic Alliance Federal leadership and Provincial leadership in Bushbuck Ridge FreedomDayCelebrations @DAY_Mpum pic.twitter.com/vwmum2gwEh— Vote DA on the 7 May (@Musokubheka) April 27, 2014
Donald Lee speaking at the @DAEasternCape Freedom Day Prayer Service pic.twitter.com/n7bpGYo0UO— Anina Rautenbach (@AninaRautenbach) April 27, 2014
DA FreedomDay celebrations. pic.twitter.com/BkVE1qwE2a— Mabine Seabe II (@Mabine_Seabe) April 27, 2014
@MaimaneAM @LindiMazibuko @AnthonyBenadie with some of the children who will be attending Mmabatho Day Care teamDA pic.twitter.com/1PHw53tSiE— Democratic Alliance (@DA_News) April 27, 2014
uMalume uMadala feeling the Blue Spirit in Botshabelo West... 20YearsOfFreedom VoteDA pic.twitter.com/JXIin91Sqi— DA Free State (@DAFSNews) April 27, 2014
Thousands of DA supporters march, celebrating 20YearsOfFreedom in Bothsabelo West. VoteDA pic.twitter.com/nfC0pExlpz— DA Free State (@DAFSNews) April 27, 2014
Botshabelo West is Blue! DA celebrating freedom, diversity, democracy! 20YearsOfFreedom VoteDA pic.twitter.com/HJw0BRLJjf— DA Free State (@DAFSNews) April 27, 2014
@LindiMazibuko leads the democrats in song at MpuFreedomDay celebration HopeMpu pic.twitter.com/FpP6QGdkth— DA Mpumalanga (@DA_Mpum) April 27, 2014
The following speech was delivered by DA Parliamentary Leader, Lindiwe Mazibuko MP, in Bushbuckridge during the DA’s Freedom Day Celebrations in Mpumalanga:
"We must continue to strive for freedom in South Africa" - Freedom Day Democratic Alliance Speech...