US congratulates South Africa on 28 years of democracy

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The United States (US) has congratulated South Africa on 28 years of democracy.

In a short statement, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States valued its close friendship with South Africa and sought to strengthen the bonds between the two countries’ peoples and governments.

Blinken says he hopes the year ahead brings renewed opportunities for cooperation and collaboration in health, climate policy, trade and other sectors in support of shared interests.

He concluded by sending America’s best wishes for peace, prosperity and a joyous Freedom Day.

Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa says whilst South Africans still faces challenges, government has made significant strides in cementing the country’s democracy.

In the video below, President Ramaphosa addresses official Freedom Day celebrations in Mpumalanga:

The President was delivering the keynote address at the official celebrations of Freedom Day in Middelburg, Mpumalanga .

This day marks 28 years since the first democratic elections were held in South Africa.

Ramaphosa highlighted government’s efforts to improve the lives of South Africans under democracy.

The President says despite challenges faced by the country, South Africans should never let go of the taste of freedom.

Delivering the keynote Freedom Day address, Ramaphosa said the quality of life under democracy has improved compared to the apartheid era.

He urged south Africans not to give up on democracy and freedom, as many perished fighting for it.