This year, 2019 our beautiful country South Africa celebrates 25 years of democracy. Generations of black South Africans took to the polls for the first time ever in 1994. This year we celebrate Freedom, we celebrate our rich diversity, a population of about 55.9million comprised of Black Africans, Coloureds (or mixed race), Whites, Asian or Indian; a country with eleven official languages.
We celebrate a society which holds various religious beliefs viz. Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism. A country, whose citizens are now free to join any political party and freely exercise their democratic right to elect a party of their choice, a country whose constitution, through its Bill of Rights jealousy guards protects its human rights against any violations. The renowned bill of rights which states that
“The state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth.”
South Africa recognises that the country continues to face many challenges. The 25 year anniversary has also been used to reflect on the progress made. We recognise that – despite these challenges – we have managed to carve a society that constantly strives to improve itself. Yes, we have passionate debates at time, but more often than not, we are able to work together to unite a previously divided nation.