South Africa marks 26 years of Freedom

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Monday marks Freedom Day in South Africa, that celebrates the dawn of democracy 26-years-ago, but this year there won’t be public celebrations as the coronavirus pandemic has forced people indoors.

The number confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa has risen to 4 564 and one more person has died from the virus, pushing the death toll to 87.

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Freedom Day commemorates the first post-apartheid elections held in 1994, where millions of people of all races stood in queues at voting stations across the country.

This year, Freedom Day will be celebrated under the theme “solidarity and triumph of the human spirit in these challenging times”.

Sports, Arts and Culture minister, Nathi Mthethwa says the day will be celebrated via live streaming…

“Our playhouses, our theatres would be open for live streaming so that artists are able to showcase their work and people in the country can enjoy that. And the President will be talking to South Africans through out the country using different means of communication, not only television also radio. So the message will still be delivered.”

In the video below, Minister Nathi Mthethwa discusses the planned activities:

How are you celebrating Freedom Day during lockdown?

In the video below, South Africa marks Freedom Day under lockdown: