Celebrating Freedom Day during Alert Level 5 of our national response to the Corona virus pandemic affords our community a rare moment of reflection on how precious freedom really is. We have all had a taste of what restriction of movement and forced separation feels like.
During the lock-down we as South Africans should be reminded that until 27 April 1994 restrictions on movement, segregation and economic freedom were a permanent reality for most of our fellow countrymen and women – with no “Level 4” in sight. Moreover, while many of us are frustrated by the discomfort of not being able to go for a run or take the dogs for a walk, we are also aware of so many who are going hungry, living in fear or who have lost loved ones.
While searching for some hope in famous words on freedom, it was with pride that I rediscovered the following from our own Madiba:
Let us all celebrate Freedom Day being mindful that our small actions of staying home, washing our hands and wearing a mask when we leave the house is an investment in all of our futures. May we use our brief experiences of restriction as a reminder to honour the sacrifices made by our elders so that we can be free, and to use this privilege to respect and enhance the freedom of others.
Link to Independent Media call for Freedom Day: