Freedom Day celebrated countrywide
By Lelethu Mquqo
27 April 2011
President Jacob Zuma will award national orders on a number of outstanding people at the presidential guest house in Pretoria today.
The symbol of the student uprising in Soweto on the 16th of June 1976, Tsietsi Mashinini, will posthumously be honoured with the Order of Luthuli for his bravery and leadership.
Mashinini fled the country into exile and died in Guinea Conakry in 1990.
Soccer administrators Molefi Oliphant, Danny Jordaan and Irvin Khoza will be honoured for their notable contribution to the successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup and development of football in South Africa.
Freedom Day celebrates South Africa's first non-racial democratic elections 17 years ago.
The main Freedom Day celebrations take place at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Around 20-thousand people are expected at the venue and roads in the area will be closed all day long.
In Port Elizabeth, former president Nelson Mandela will receive the Freedom of the City award from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.
Mandela's granddaughter, Ndileka Mandela, will receive the award on Madiba’s behalf.