27 April is Freedom Day in South Africa. It is a public holiday which not only celebrates freedom but also commemorates the first post-apartheid elections held on that day in 1994. The elections were the first non-racial National elections where every citizen over the age of 18 from any race were allowed to vote. Previously, under the apartheid regime, non-whites in general had only limited rights to vote while indigenous black South Africans had no voting rights whatsoever.
I remember that year as if it were just yesterday. Our people rejoiced in our accomplishment. We had so much hopes and dreams for our future, for our new South Africa. I was the only student in my University classes who could not vote, as i was still 17. This did not stop me from feeling the same exhiliration as the whole country was making their mark for the first time.
Our country is no where near where we dreamed she would b. She has seen hard times and some even harder times. She has been mismanaged and abused. She has seen corruption and natural disasters. Through it all, she has united the most amazing of people. A mish-mash of cultures, languages, colors, shapes and sizes, we are South African.
I have no shame in saying i am an expat, but i will always come back home. My dream is to bring our children back into our beloved country one day and to live in our Mother city. Today i pray for freedom, in the true sense of the word. Freedom from oppression, from debt, from compulsion, from naivity, from abuse, from hatred and from bigotry.
After a rainy morning, wot a perfect breakfast in bed with my boys. Chicken and chunky veg soup and chicken burger sandwhiches for the boys.
Wishing u all more than a happy braai day, but a happy FREEDOM DAY 🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦