Video by Kamogelo Moichela
Johannesburg - The EFF is celebrating Freedom Day in Moretele View Park, Pretoria, as it marks the 28th anniversary of the first Democratic elections.
Fighters pulled up in numbers at the park in celebration of the country's democracy. Some young fighters told IOL that they were born in democracy but they are not enjoying the benefits.
“We are long in the democracy or rather, what’s called a democratic country, but then we still face situations like racism as well as inequality. We still pay for school fees even though the national government promised our parents back then that their children will definitely benefit from democracy, but it's nothing for us,” they said.
In a statement released by the EFF, the party said the democratic transition which is observed today was prematurely declared Freedom Day, but nothing much has changed for the objective realities of black people.
“Due to the much-heralded peaceful transition, South Africa has operated on a false premise of unity and social cohesion without economically altering the ownership of the means of production,” the EFF said.
The EFF added in its statement that the majority of the mines remain controlled by foreign interests, “while the banks, financial sector and Johannesburg Stock Exchange is in the firm grip of a white settler community”.
Video: Kamogelo Moichela/Current Affairs
The red berets gave away free sanitary towels to all women.
“We are grateful to receive these sanitary towels because some of us need them as a matter of life and death because we don’t have them and also due to unemployment, we can’t afford them. So we are grateful,” a woman said.