File photo: Arts and Culture Minister and Gauteng ANC Chairperson Paul Mashatile. Picture: Bongiwe Mchunu

Johannesburg - Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile is expected to launch “Freedom Fridays” in Soweto, government said on Thursday.

He would launch it on Friday to mark the lead up to the country celebrating 20 years of freedom and democracy, said government communications spokeswoman Phumla Williams.

Citizens were encouraged to use every Friday from September 20

until the end of December 2014 to celebrate the milestones of the country’s freedom.

“Freedom Friday is a call on the nation to wear anything that expresses their pride in being South African on Fridays.

“They can wear anything from a jersey of a favourite football or rugby team to traditional wear to show their unity in celebrating this important landmark in our country’s history.”

Williams said the main aim of Freedom Fridays was to mobilise collective ownership of 20 years of democracy by all sectors of society, to “promote social cohesion and a national identity that is representative of our rich and diverse culture”.

Parents and teachers were urged to educate children about how democracy was achieved.