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Freedom Day is a South African public holiday that is celebrated on April 27th each year. If April 27th falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be observed as a holiday.
The day celebrates freedom and commemorates the first democratic post-apartheid non-racial elections that were held on April 27th 1994, which saw Nelson Mandela elected as President.
Freedom Day is the National Day of South Africa and is a day of glory and remembrance for all South Africans.
Freedom Day History
Freedom Day commemorates the first democratic elections held in South Africa on 27 April 1994.
Freedom Day on 27 April is an annual celebration of South Africa’s first non-racial democratic elections of 1994. It is significant because it marks the end of over three hundred years of colonialism, segregation and white minority rule and the establishment of a new democratic government led by Nelson Mandela and a new state subject to a new constitution.
This is a time to reflect on the strides we have made in achieving the vision of a better life for all. Undoubtedly much has changed since 1994 and there has been progress in every sphere of society, but we are aware that more must still be done.
Freedom Day 2014 is especially significant as it marks 20 years since our first free election. President Zuma will address the nation at the Freedom Day celebrations on Sunday, 27 April 2014 at Union Buildings Grounds in Pretoria.
Government calls on all South Africans to join in celebrating national Freedom Day and to extend celebrations of our democracy across the country in reflecting on the achievements we have made as a nation.