President Jacob Zuma delivered the key note address to mark the 20th anniversary of Freedom Day .(SABC)
President Jacob Zuma says South Africans need to set aside political differences and stand together in celebrating what has been achieved in the past 20 years. Zuma delivered the key note address to mark the 20th anniversary of Freedom Day at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.
He called on citizens to embrace the peaceful democratic transition. "I am sure you all agree with me that working together in the past 20 years and the past five years, we have made South Africa a much better place to live in. We should congratulate ourselves for all this hard work. We must not deny or downplay these achievements, regardless of our political differences or contestation at any given time, including the election period. Our country has done well. We all have a good story to tell."
The President also encouraged citizens to support the country's democratic process by casting their votes in the May 7 election. "The precious right to vote was gained through relentless struggles and sacrifices. Therefore, on the 7th of May, let us go out in our millions to vote and celebrate our hard won freedom and democracy. Let us vote to consolidate democracy and all the achievements of our young nation. And, as we did in 1994 and in subsequent elections, let us deliver peaceful, free and fair elections."
Meanwhile, speakers of several political parties have been booed off the stage at KwaZulu-Natal Freedom Day celebrations in Durban. A fully-packed Moses Mabhida stadium started singing and booing when the Democratic Alliance's (DA) Sizwe Mchunu started reading his speech. Only the ANC has been able to deliver speeches. Provincial MEC's Sibongiseni Dhlomo and Nomusa Dube-Ncube tried to intervene, but failed.