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#FreedomDay celebrations in pictures and videos

Published Apr 27, 2018

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Bloemfontein - Thousands of people from across the country converged on the Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein on Friday for the national Freedom Day celebrations.

President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the keynote speech.

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The theme for this year’s event is: “The Year of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela: Towards Full Realisation of Our Freedom through Radical Socio-economic Transformation”. It is supported by the sub-theme “Madiba and Ma-Sisulu – Pioneers of freedom and democracy”.

The theme has been coined around the two struggle icons who would have turned 100 this year.

WATCH: New Free State Premier Sisi Ntombela at the #FreedomDay celebrations pic.twitter.com/xB1EhHTf7Q

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— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) April 27, 2018 WATCH: President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived at Dr. Rantli Molemela Stadium . Observing parade and 21 gun salute #FreedomDay pic.twitter.com/5Grk7yxkNi

— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) April 27, 2018 Scenes from national #FreedomDay celebrations at Dr. Rantli Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein, Free State pic.twitter.com/R54IpiuehD

— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) April 27, 2018 WATCH: the mood at the Dr. Rantli Molemela Stadium jovial #FreedomDay pic.twitter.com/qvpF0DZxpl

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— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) April 27, 2018 WATCH: Kamohelo Mokupi (15) of Moemedi High School #FreedomDay pic.twitter.com/zdbeBUQVAG

— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) April 27, 2018 ANC President Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa addressing #FreedomDay celebration at Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium in Mangaung, Free State province. pic.twitter.com/yzboJH42ki

— African National Congress (@MYANC) April 27, 2018 #FreedomDay celebration underway at Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein, Free State province. pic.twitter.com/EA0lFfGLu4

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— African National Congress (@MYANC) April 27, 2018 Military display has concluded #FreedomDay. Minister @NathiMthethwaSA has taken over as the programme director for the rest of the programme pic.twitter.com/jUOxveoVqC

— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) April 27, 2018

In a statement, the Presidency said this year’s celebrations will focus on five main issues, namely

- The deepening of the understanding of where South Africa comes from and how democracy was achieved

- Celebrating the legacy of struggle icons Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu

- Identification and celebration of untold stories of unsung heroes and heroines in the society

-  Showcasing South Africa’s diverse background and culture

- Mobilisation of the society around the implementation of vision 2030 and inspiring confidence and building a positive image of South Africa as a proud and caring nation.

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