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Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika – Eighteen Years of Freedom

At times, particularly in the last ten years, it’s been easy to forget that South Africa in its current form is merely a child; the cities are modern, the restaurants are famous for their incredible cuisine, the airports function well and the roads are clean and well maintained. Drive away from the airport and down one of the main roads however, and you’re likely to drive past numerous informal settlements which serve as a stark reminder that South Africa is still struggling to find its way in the world.

Today, April 27th 2012, marks eighteen years since the first post-apartheid elections were held; the first elections where all South African citizens were free to vote as part of a constitutional democracy. Today is Freedom Day, but although democratic South Africa has turned eighteen, the benefits of freedom have yet to reach many South Africans.

I can’t begin to describe how proud I am of all that has been achieved in those eighteen years. Nor can I explain how terrified I am that the hopes and dreams that South Africans had for their country might not be realised. My hopes for democratic South Africa are the same as they would be for any eighteen year old that shows great courage, resilience and potential; that the follies of youth are now in the past and the focus will turn to actively achieving those dreams of childhood that were set out in our constitution :

We, the people of South Africa,
Recognise the injustices of our past;
Honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land;
Respect those who have worked to build and develop our country; and
Believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity.
We therefore, through our freely elected representatives, adopt this Constitution as the supreme law of the Republic so as to —

Heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights;
Lay the foundations for a democratic and open society in which government is based on the will of the people and every citizen is equally protected by law;
Improve the quality of life of all citizens and free the potential of each person; and
Build a united and democratic South Africa able to take its rightful place as a sovereign state in the family of nations.

May God protect our people.
Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika. Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso.
God seën Suid-Afrika. God bless South Africa.
Mudzimu fha?utshedza Afurika. Hosi katekisa Afrika.

Fri, April 27 2012 » Uncategorized

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