Lunga Simelane
4 minute read
28 Apr 2022
6:00 am

Freedom Day: Political freedom means little when you can’t trust government

Lunga Simelane

A Katlehong resident said he was disappointed by government's persistent failures.

Picture: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images

It has been 66 years since the Freedom Charter was adopted on 26 June, 1955, and the words of “freedom and liberty” enshrined in the charter which were a pledge to South Africans, have simply become empty promises. Soweto resident Mbulelo Mpongwana said Freedom Day reflected “political freedom” and SA was not where it should “truly” be in terms of freedom. In terms of political freedom, I can say now at least we have a right to vote and choose which political party we want. But as for other gains like economic emancipation, healthcare, education, housing, I am afraid to...