On Commemorating Freedom Day
Freedom day has dawned on us once again. Every year around this time we hope to restore peace, unity, and human dignity. Those who have lived through the struggle of colonialism and apartheid will attest to the fact that it was a long and difficult road to democracy. Now that we have attained such independence and liberation, it is time to reflect at what we have accomplished during the 15+ years since being a democratic state. It's all good on paper when on freedom day we commemorate all those men and women who put their lives on the line for us to be where we are as a democratic country. But once the day and celebrations have passed, one should ask themself; are we free when our people remain poor, when there is mass unemployment and the endless crime. I believe freedom should be about emancipating one from poverty, unemployment, racism and sexism. And as long we dont work together to eradicate all forms of discrimination, freedom day will merely be a theoretical right instead of a daily life experience for all South Africans.