The freedom enjoyed by citizens comes with limitations that ensure that the freedom of others is not infringed.
South Africa observes the second Freedom Day amid the COVID-19 pandemic and people around the world have experienced further limitations to their freedom due to COVID-19 lockdown regulations.
Tuesday marks the 27th anniversary of the first democratic elections held on 27 April 1994.
Below are some of the freedom and limitations:
Freedom of Movement
Freedom of movement around the world and in South Africa has been limited due to lockdown regulations that require people to remain indoors during certain hours.
South Africans celebrate Freedom Day 2021 under the adjusted lockdown Level 1 regulation.
The freedom to protest amid a pandemic
According to the Constitution, citizens are free to take part in peaceful protests.
In March 2021, students across the country took to the streets to express their frustrations after some of them were unable to register for the 2021 academic year over financial exclusion.
The protests saw several universities and TVET colleges across the country suspending lessons as the protests gathered momentum.
But the fees protest took the worst turn after a bystander, Mthokozisi Ntumba, was shot and killed allegedly by the police, earlier in March.
Ntumba was struck by a rubber bullet while leaving a nearby clinic in Braamfontein.
The incident drew criticism from different sectors of the society, with some criticising the police for denying the students their freedom to protest.