South Africa’s first democratic elections were held on April 27, 1994. Hence the public holiday called Freedom Day this week. It was a monumental day for the majority of South Africans.
After decades of being marginalized by the apartheid system, most South Africans finally had the opportunity to participate in the election of the country's leadership.
A lot has happened since then. South Africa’s national rugby team has won the world cup three times. We became the first African nation to host the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament in 2010. We have also seen the growth of the black middle class and business in the democratic South Africa. And other things, we achieved as a nation prior to Jacob Zuma’s administration.
One of the saddest things that have happened between 1994 and today, is that the first democratically elected President, Nelson Mandela, is no more. He died in December 2013.
In March last year, I was fortunate to watch and listen to Moeletsi Mbeki in a conversation with billionaire Rob Hersov on a webinar. Moeletsi Mbeki is the younger brother of former President Thabo Mbeki. As I have said in my previous writings, Moeletsi is a man I have great admiration for. He is very brave – not afraid to speak his mind.
In that webinar with Hersov, Moeletsi said that South Africa has had successes and failures after 1994. He was right.