The Freedom Charter celebration in Bophelong

“Ntho empe ya tswoelwa”, MMC Shaka Radebe said, reprimanding those individuals who were disrespecting the singing national anthem. He was seething anger by those people who attended the freedom charter celebration event at Bophelong Stadium. He was anger by them sitting down while there was singing of the national anthem. “The national anthem is a prayer, and therefore needs to be respected by as such”, he warned.

The Bophelong stadium was packed to capacity by community members to participate in the street parade and also celebrate 60 years of the freedom charter since its existence in 1955. This street parade was organised by Emfuleni Local Municipality.

MMC Shaka Radebe during his speech, emphasised that “South Africa belongs to all those who live in it, both black and white” quoting a clause from the freedom charter.

On 10 December 1996 South Africa's then president, Nelson Mandela signed the final draft of the Constitution into law at Sharpville, Vereeniging. The date on which the constitution was signed marked International Human Rights Day. The signing was a representation of a move from the horrors of our apartheid past into an era of transparency and accountability upon definite respect for human rights.

Radebe furthermore said we should be proud of our national flag, our constitution and our national anthem directing this especially to the youth.
A flag is a representation that we are a free and democratic country which is what South Africa did in 1994. The national flag is as important as the national anthem and should be highly respected he concluded.

Calling upon Khulu Malindi, MMC of LED took to the stage proudly holding his South African flag in his right hand and said the South African flag is what brings us together as well as culture and tradition because they do not discriminate.
“We can't afford to fight amongst ourselves”, said Malindi. Both Malindi and Radebe condemned xenophobic attacks currently taking place in some parts of the country.

Performances took place thereafter the street parade walk around Bophelong.

The Michael Jackson impersonation performance got the crowd dancing and singing along to his popular hit song 'You Rock My World'.

The VIP Pantsula wowed the crowd with their outstanding pantsula moves, making them one of the best performances for the day.

In closing Miss Bophelong 2015, Ruth Thapedi was ecstatic with the success of the event. She was thrilled with pleasure that young people had the opportunity to showcase their talent. Also thanking the presence of Emfuleni Local Municipality for making this possible and supporting Bophelong because it has helped contract kids off the street.

Photos from this event available here.

By Hilda Mohlominyane

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