Today, the 11th of February 2020 marks the anniversary of the South African former presidents release, Nelson Mandela. Mandela was jailed for 27 years after being arrested in 1962.

This day leaves a massive imprint on our country as it was the key to ending the brutal apartheid system. The apartheid system was a system of institutionalised racial segregation that existed in South Africa from 1948 until the early 1990s.

Mandela gave his first speech since after being released from prison at the Cape Town City Hall on the 11th of February 1990. Nelson Mandela greeted the audience at the City Hall with a friendly, “Comrades and fellow South Africans, I greet you all in the name of peace, democracy and freedom for all.”

With a range of wonderful events commemorating our late Mandela, we are really excited to hear what our president, Cyril Ramaphosa has to say. He is expected to give a speech at the Cape Town City Hall’s balcony.

Fellow South African, post-apartheid citizens, mark this as a memorable day in the history of your country. Celebrate how far we have come. Today is a day of joy.