Freedom Day - stepping stone to democracy

President Uhuru Kenyatta with his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma at State House in Nairobi

"The defeat of apartheid colonialism by South African people, was one of the greatest achievements of humankind".

Thus, April 27 was declared Freedom Day, a public holiday, and each year it is a reminder of the country's first democratic elections.

"1994 was a turning point in South African history and we shall always rejoice on this day, for it has given us the opportunity to vote for the government and enjoy freedom under the constitutional government".

Celebrated in the United Kingdom and US, Tell a Story Day is used as a way to bring people together through storytelling and shared tales.

A major protest has taken place in South Africa against embattled President Jacob Zuma.

Mosiuoa Lekota, leader of the Congress of the People (COPE) told the rally that South Africa needed to be governed by a leader who knew he was a "people's servant" and did not make "reckless decisions" that affected the country's economy.




The report should be subjected to more thorough investigation by a judicial commission of inquiry, he said.

"India and South Africa share common values and strong historical linkages that form the bedrock of our close friendship".

Official figures show that only 10 percent of the top 100 companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange are owned by black South Africans, directly-achieved principally, through the black empowerment codes.

The pace of transformation in the workplace, the implementation of affirmative action policies as required by the Employment Equity Act, also remains very slow, according to Zuma.

"We want to see an end to vicious attacks on women and children, the house break-ins, cash in transit heists, auto hijackings, stock theft and other crimes that make life hard for our people in many communities", Zuma said.

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