The 27th of April marks the first non-racial democratic elections in South African and the establishment of a new democratic government and a new constitution. Freedom Day is a time to celebrate our hard earned democracy by ensuring that we never forget the sacrifices that were made to bring about the transition of our country into a democracy.

On that note Umzimvubu Local Municipality commemorated freedom day by hosting a debate competition for high school pupils on the 24th of April 2018 at Sophia Park in KwaBhaca. The competition was closely contested with mind swerving arguments as pupils debated on the topic: “Has South Africa done enough to educate the youth on freedom”. Teams were made up of Grade 11 learners: 4 schools from EmaXesibeni and 4 schools from KwaBhaca.

The main objective of the competition is to encourage young members of society to participate in building a nation based on democratic values, social justice and human rights.

According to Onke Gwentshu from Mount Ayliff Comprehensive High School “It’s important to commemorate freedom day as a way of paying homage to the role that was played by our liberation heroes in the struggle.”

In her address, the Honourable Mayor Cllr B.P. Mabengu said,” South Africa is a self-developing country that needs to heal from the injustices of the past, so that we may realise what the government of the day has done. It’s pleasing to hear such young and powerful voices speak of their country as a developmental state in progress. Back in our days these debates where considered unethical as many people were arrested for speaking against the apartheid government. However I’m honoured to be part of this new South Africa where such young boys and girls speak constructively of their government.”

The school that won the competition is Mount Ayliff Comprehensive High School. They walked away with a Laptop that comes with a 4G wireless router and software applications. At second place was St Georges High School and in third was Senyukele High School.

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Issued by  : Umzimvubu Local Municipality
Enquiries   : Mrs N. Zembe
Cell            : 072 091 3952
Telephone : 039 255 8508
Email         : Zembe.Nokhanyo@umzimvubu.gov.za