Happy Freedom Day!
It is impossible to reflect back on 27 April 1994 without reminiscing about the legend that is former President Nelson Mandela.
Read Mandela`s statement after voting in South Africa`s First Democratic Election here: http://www.anc.org.za/show.php?id=3657
Two of our all-time favourite quotes:
“Many people have been sceptical of our capacity to realise the ideal of a rainbow nation. It is true that South Africa was often brought to the brink of destruction because of differences. But let us re-affirm this one thing here today: it is not our diversity which divides us, it is not our ethnicity, or religion or culture that divides us. Since we have achieved our freedom, there can only be one division amongst us: between those who cherish democracy and those who do not!” Nelson Mandela, speech on receiving The Freedom of Durban, Durban, South Africa, 16 April 1999
“The very fact that racism degrades both the perpetrator and the victim commands that, if we are true to our commitment to protect human dignity, we fight on until victory is achieved.” Nelson Mandela, address to The United Nations General Assembly, New York, USA, 3 October 1994
“… we know that peace is the most powerful weapon that any community or nation can have for development. As we rebuild our country, we should remain vigilant against the enemies of development and democracy, even if they come from within our own ranks. Violence will not bring us closer to our objectives. All of us should ask ourselves the question: Have I done everything in my power to bring about lasting peace and prosperity in my city and my country?” Nelson Mandela, speech on receiving The Freedom of Durban, Durban, South Africa, 16 April 1999
We wish you a cheerful Freedom Day 2016.