South Africa Cel­e­brates 23rd Free­dom Day

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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.”

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