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DSAC: Northern Cape Provincial Freedom Day

Freedom Day commemorates the historic occasion in 1994 when South Africa achieved democracy, where all its citizens became free from racial discrimination and oppression. The first democratic elections were held in South Africa on 27 April 1994, resulting in an unrivalled milestone in the history of South Africa.

On this day, South Africans will celebrate and reflect on the progress we have made since then and recommit ourselves to work together to move South Africa work.  The 2018 Freedom Day marks 24 years of freedom from apartheid colonial oppression and 2 decades of constitutional democracy. It also coincides with the 100 years since the birth of our first democratic elected president , foremost leader and revolutionary, Nelson Mandela , as well as  the 100 years since the birth of Ma Albertina Sisulu. The Provincial Government will also be unveiling a monument to honor those of the Langeberg Rebellion which happened 121 years ago.

The Northern Cape Premier Ms Sylvia Lucas will mark the 2018 Freedom Day by unveiling the monument in honour of Batlhaping Dikgosi Galeshewe and Luka Jantjie as well as Batlharo Kgosi Toto on Friday, 27 April 2018.

The event will be held at the Kuruman's First Eye/ Information Centre in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District. The Premier Lucas will be accompanied by the MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture Ms. Bongiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba ,  Members of the Northern Cape Executive Council and the mayors from the John Taolo Gaetsewe District and Local Municipality.

The unveiling forms part of the provincial government's initiative to commemorate the 121st anniversary of the 1897 Langeberg War of resistance which is a commemoration of our heroes and heroines project incorporated as a national flagship.

The Langeberg War of resistance of 1897 saw thousands of members of Batlhaping and Batlharo community scattered across various parts of the country. This was after being disposed off their land at the Langeberg Hills outside Olifanshoek during a battle now called the Langeberg War. According to Kgosi Jantjie, the battle started when Batlhaping Kgosi Galeshewe Mothibi was chased out off his land by the British in the Phokwane area. He and his men fled to the Langeberg area to join Kgosi Jantjie and Kgosi Toto in a battle that lasted almost eight months.

Research indicates that thousands of Batlhaping and Batlharo men, women and children were displaced while some taken to the Western Cape farms as indentured labourers. This was after the brutal killing and beheading of Kgosi Luka Jantjie and the imprisonment of Kgosi Galeshewe and Toto as well as their followers.

The media is hereby cordially invited to the Freedom Day Celebrations to be held on the 27 April 2018 in Kuruman from 10h00 at the Information Centre (The Eye). For more information around the Freedom Day Celebrations you can either contact Conrad Fortune @ 0798730679 or Morapedi Sekhoane @ 078 944 0200

Issued by: Communications Unit
Northern Cape Sport, Arts and Culture Department


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