Various rallies have been organised to commemorate South Africa's 23rd year as a non-racial and democratic country, with President Jacob Zuma speaking in Umhlabuyalingana Municipality, northern KwaZulu-Natal.
"1994 was a turning point in South African history and we shall always rejoice on this day, for it has given us the opportunity to vote for the government and enjoy freedom under the constitutional government".
"We turned our backs on a system of governance that had been declared a crime against humanity and which had dehumanised black people and turned them into pariahs into the land of their birth", he added.
South Africa in 2017 is an infinitely better place to live in than it was in 1994, the party's spokesperson Khusela Sangoni said in a statement.
Albeit at a pace slower than being wished, efforts aimed at a growing and inclusive economy are bearing fruit with new investments in, among others, the manufacturing sector and encouraging projects driving deindustrialization of the country, the ANC said.
"We can not have freedom in South Africa without respect for the constitution that Mandela signed", Lekota said.
This year's Freedom Day coincided with Freedom Month whose theme centers on building safer and crime-free communities.
However, despite this, the nation still had many challenges to overcome, Sangoni said.
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