- On this day 30 years ago, former president Nelson Mandela was released from prison
- President Cyril Ramaphosa commemorated the 30th anniversary with a special public address
- Ramaphosa called on South Africans to unite to resolve the land debate and to bring an end to corruption
This day marks an important date in the history of South Africa.
On this day 30 years ago, former president Nelson Mandela became a free man as he was released from prison.
As reported by Briefly.co.za earlier, it brought an end to a brutal 27-year jail term.
Many recall the harsh conditions Mandela and his comrades were forced to endure while on Robben island and many expected him to return a hardened, bitter man.
However, in his first address to the nation in Cape Town, it soon became clear that Madiba was to become the beacon of hope and the driving force behind a peaceful democratic transition.
President Cyril Ramaphosa commemorated the 30th anniversary with a special address of his own in Cape Town.
In his 37-minute speech, Ramaphosa paid tribute to the great man and urged South Africans to channel his energy.
The president urged South Africans to unite to resolve the land issue and to bring an end to corruption.
The African National Congress took to Twitter to share images of Secretary General Ace Magashule walking through an art exhibition in Mandela's honour.
South Africans responded positively to Ramaphosa's address as they took to Facebook to compliment the president.
Langeni Mhlanga said,
"May God give you more strength President and continue to be our beacon of hope in these trying times. Forward we go backward never Lead Us Momgameli wethu."
Albert Ma-ali added,
"Tatana Ramaphosa may God of Mount Zion bless you, to the difficulties you come across."
Kamzen Mashilo said,
"God bless our president."
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