South Africa Celebrates 23rd Freedom Day
The South African Embassy in China hosted a reception to celebrate the 23rd Freedom Day of South Africa in Beijing on April 28. Under the theme of “O.R. Tambo...in His Footsteps: Integrity, Passion, Patriotism and Humility,” the celebration aims to praise the spirit of Oliver Reginald Tambo who devoted himself to building a better world, and to highlight the importance of the International Solidarity Movement in South Africa's Liberty Movement. The embassy sincerely thanked everyone who gives support to South Africa and helps the South African government carry out reform and bring democracy to the country.
It has been an annual tradition for South Africa to celebrate Freedom Day since April 27, 1994 when South Africa held the first democratic election without racial discrimination. That day marked the abolition of the apartheid and the establishment of new democracy. Hence, a new country with mature constitution came into being.
As 2017 marks the 100th birthday of South Africa's late great Tambo, the South African government defines 2017 as the Year of Oliver Reginald Tambo. Tambo was an indispensable leader in South Africa's overthrow of apartheid. This revolutionary, diplomat and wise man led the people of South Africa and international community to establish a free and democratic South Africa. Tambo is the father of constitutional democracy in South Africa, and his ideas have been integrated into the South African constitution, and embodied in the establishment of a just, inclusive and equal society. Tambo served as President of the African National Congress from 1967 to 1991 with the longest term. At his funeral, Nelson Mandela, the first president of the Democratic Republic of South Africa, said, “A great giant who strode the globe like a colossus has fallen. A mind whose thoughts have opened the doors to our liberty has ceased to function. A heart whose dreams gave hope to the despised has forever lost its beat. The gentle voice whose measured words of reason shook the thrones of tyrants has been silenced.”