By Staff Reporter
BOTSHABELO- Security tightened ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s national address on Freedom day to be held at Botshabelo, on Tuesday April 27, amid rumours of threatening to disrupt the event by angry residents and business.
President Ramaphosa is expected to address issues of poor services delivery in municipalities which saw many residents taking their frustrations to the streets. His visit also come at time when former President and deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe has been tasked to unite the two factions of the party following the nullification of the PEC by Supreme Court of Appeal. Free State ‘s Botshabelo will host national Freedom day commemoration on Tuesday April 27, where President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation.
This year’s commemoration marks 27 years of freedom and democracy since South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994.
The Presidency says the President’s programme will commence with the official opening and a tour of the Charlotte Maxeke Treatment centre , followed by the formal programme where the President will address the nation.
Freedom Day is the commemoration of the first democratic elections held in South Africa on 27 April 1994. These were the first post-apartheid national elections to be held in South African where anyone could vote regardless of race.
The first democratic elections on 27 April 1994 gave birth to our constitutional democracy. For the majority of South Africans who had never voted before their dignity was restored and the country transformed to a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic society.
Prior to this, during apartheid, racial segregation which was enforced by the National Party prevented any kind of inter-racial activity. South Africa is the country it is today because of their countless sacrifices and that of many other South Africans who fought tirelessly to overcome the brutal apartheid system.