President to address Freedom Day celebration

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Durban - Thousands of South Africans are expected to pack the Absa Stadium on Monday where President Kgalema Motlanthe is expected to address the nation on Freedom Day.

This in celebration of the country's resilience and maturing democracy.

On Monday, South Africa will mark the 15th anniversary since it took to the polls in the country's first democratic elections.

For the past 15 years, South Africa has celebrated the achievement of freedom and democracy on 27 April.

Since 27 April 1994, South Africans from different political stances, aged 18 and older had the right to vote for the political party of their choice.

This year's Freedom Day celebrations will take place under the theme: Together celebrating a vibrant democracy and building a better life for all.

The theme invokes a spirit of hope and resilience as well as a call to all South Africans to be proud of their vibrant democracy.

President Motlanthe will be accompanied by the Minister of Arts and Culture, Dr Pallo Jordan and other senior government officials.

In addition to the national celebrations, provinces will host their own events and cultural performances.