Freedom Day celebrations kicks off in Lansdowne
By Rhodé Marshall & Anele Siwa
27 April 2008
As South Africa celebrates its 14th year of democracy, President Thabo Mbeki addressed thousands of people at the Turfhall Park in Lansdowne.
President Mbeki gave details of the progress made and difficulties faced over the past 14 years of democracy.
He said South Africans can not say they are free when blatant racism still exists within our society.
He urged people to stand together and fight racism. South Africans across the country are celebrating the end of apartheid rule today.
Premier of the Western Cape Ebrahim Rasool was also at the event, praised the president for the vision he has for African renaissance.
Rasool said although South Africa has freedom, it still has difficulties. He mentioned problems such as: crime and the housing backlog.
According to President Mbeki, South Africans are free today because they said: “Enough is enough for the Apartheid regime,”
As Mbeki is approaching his last term in the presidential office, he says much has been achieved in the past fourteen years but a lot is still to be done.