- President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his Freedom Day address on Monday
- Ramaphosa first paid tribute to many struggle heroes who contributed towards democracy
- The president called on all South Africans to come together to contribute towards recovery and aid those in need
South Africans celebrate Freedom Day on April 27th every year and President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his address on Monday.
The speech had a unique theme and feel due to the concern surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
Ramaphosa cited South Africa's history in overcoming adversity through solidarity and unity.
It served as a rallying call for everyone to come together during this challenging period.
The president emphasised the good that is already being done, but highlighted the poverty and inequality that remains.
Ramaphosa reiterated that democratic freedom has been achieved, but that much work must be done to achieve true economic freedom for all citizens.
Ramaphosa said, “We have accelerated programmes to give our people access to land and return it to those who were forcibly removed from their ancestral land. We are supporting vulnerable families with social grants. Our young democracy has much to be proud of.”
The president touched on government's inability to address the inequality since 1994.
He added, “The promise we made in 1994 can no longer be deferred. We must ensure the right of all our people to healthcare, food, shelter water social security and land.”
Ramaphosa concluded by urging all South Africans to rally against the coronavirus, but also to unite against poverty and inequality.
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