Today, 27 April, is one of the important calendar dates in South Africa. This is the date on which all citizens of the country come together and vote for a democratically elected government for the first time 23 years ago.
“1994 was a turning point in South African history and we shall always rejoice in this day, for it has given us the opportunity to vote for the government and enjoy freedom under the constitution,” commemorates Kaizer Chiefs Chairman Kaizer Motaung.
“It is, of course, also a challenging time because we get to remember all those that have fought – many of whom paid with their lives – for us to attain and enjoy this freedom,” he adds.
Freedom Day is a South African public holiday, celebrated on 27 April. It celebrates freedom and commemorates the first post-apartheid elections held on that day in 1994.
“Football has also played a role in the process,” recalls Motaung. “Soccer was used as a gathering platform for the disadvantaged communities. There were also moments in history when we (Kaizer Chiefs) and Orlando Pirates had to play a peace-broking role during the upheavals.”
“As we celebrate the day, let’s remember that freedom comes with a huge responsibility,” concludes Motaung. “I wish all South African Love and Peace as we commemorate Freedom Day,”