South Africans are celebrating 25 years of freedom on Saturday.
Millions of people of all races stood in queues at voting stations for the first time ever – as citizens went to the polls in 1994.
Too mark this historic day, celebrations will take place at the Miki Yili Stadium in the Eastern Cape.
President Cyril Ramaphosa will be the Keynote Speaker at the event.
It was South Africa’s first democratic elections and was held up to the world as an example of the negotiated settlement of what had appeared to be an intractable political dilemma.
Residents in Polokwane in Limpopo have expressed different views regarding Freedom Day celebrations this year.
“Now every child has a text book, no learner goes home hungry, they even get child grants, so there is change, ” says one resident.
“From 1994 we have been suffering, I have never worked since we were fired by white people in 1994. I have never had a job. As residents, we would like to urge the government to improve our taxi ranks,” say another resident.
Meanwhile, Freedom Day was marked early at the United Nations with a strong showing of solidarity from senior UN officials and Ambassadors at the official 25-year anniversary commemoration in New York
South Africa’s silver jubilee was marked with the singing of the country’s national anthem and a traditional cutting of a cake with a number of well wishers, including the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, the President of the General Assembly and the Foreign Minister of Venezuela, who also stopped by.