Freedom Day celebrations to highlight deepening democracy and building safer communities
President Jacob Zuma will lead the 23rd national Freedom Day celebrations on 27 April 2017 in Manguzi, Umhlabuyalingana Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal.
The celebrations will reflect on the achievements that the country has scored since 1994 while reflecting on work that still needs to be done in building a truly united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa.
Freedom Day will celebrate the contribution to our freedom and democracy, of former ANC President and national hero, Oliver Reginald Tambo, who would have turned 100 years old this year had he lived.
While the economy continues to remain an apex priority as government pursues radical economic transformation, this year’s Freedom Day will focus on the fight against crime under the theme “The Year of Oliver Reginald Tambo: Together deepening democracy and building safer and crime-free communities”.
The focus is on promoting community action working with the police and other law enforcement agencies in fighting crime and building safer communities. The President has been running a national anti-crime campaign and has visited some communities around the country.
He visited the Umhlabuyalingana area in March to highlight the need for urgent action to arrest cross-border crime especially car hijackings.
A lot of work is being done by government in the area to eradicate crime and attend to other issues raised by the community of Umhlabuyalingana during the visit including challenges around the Isimangaliso Wetland Park.
“Our people have said we must grow the economy so that jobs can be created. We have heard the cry of many, especially the youth who are jobless. Some have degrees, diplomas and technical certificates.
They have also said they are tired of co-existing with crime in many communities as criminals have become brazen in their activities. We want to unite the country around building safer communities, while also continuing to address poverty, inequality and unemployment”, said President Jacob Zuma.
The details of the event are as follows:
Date: Thursday, 27 April 2017
Venue: uMhlabuyalingana Sports Ground, Manguzi, KwaZulu-Natal.
Dr Bongani Ngqulunga
Cell: 082 308 9373