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Long walk to freedom has got a good deal rougher of late, says Ramaphosa

President tells Freedom Day crowd that we must all work to build the SA that is promised in our constitution

While former president Nelson Mandela coined the term “long walk to freedom”, President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday used his Freedom Day address to highlight that there was still a long journey ahead before SA reaches its destination. 

Some of the challenges and hurdles SA had faced on this journey, he said, included two years of Covid-19, skyrocketing unemployment, the July 2021 unrest and, more recently, the devastating floods that had claimed over 400 lives. 

“The challenges we have faced in just the past two years have just been unbelievable,” said Ramaphosa in his address to a crowd at the Kees Taljaard stadium in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, on Wednesday. ..

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