On Friday, 27 April, South Africans celebrated Freedom Day, and the stories locals shared showed just how important the day truly is.
Taking to social media, 5FM radio host Sureshnie Rider shared just what Freedom Day meant to her and her family.
“Celebrating our Freedom to Love Beyond Love, Fear and Regulations..This is our Freedom Family....Happy Freedom Day South Africa and thank you for giving my little family the Freedom to Love”, she wrote on Twitter.
The day celebrates the anniversary of the first democratic elections of the country, which marked the end of apartheid.
Prior to the 1994 democratic elections, it would have been illegal for the whites to date any other race.
Which would have made Rider and her hubby, Leigh’s lives a lot more complicated, seeing that they are an interracial couple.
Tweeps felt they could relate with Rider’s post, with one social media user sharing a photo of his son captioning the post, “Your post is so true. Without Freedom Day this guy would not be born”.
The day does not only have meaning to interracial families, but to all South Africans. Across the country, citizens shared how they celebrated the day.
As Briefly.co.za reported earlier, St John’s Diocesan School for Girls in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal showed off how they celebrated Freedom Day, which also marked the beginning of a long-weekend.
St John’s DSG posted a video on Thursday, captioning it: “Yay! It’s a long weekend! And such a significant one for our country too. Happy Freedom Day for tomorrow, everyone! ”
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