OVERVIEW OF THE PARK
The Day of Reconciliation acts as a catalyst for reconciliation and nation building. Our first democratically elected South African president and the Patron-in-chief of The Freedom Park, Dr Nelson Mandela, captured the essence of this day in his address on Nation Reconciliation Day, 16 December 1995: “There are few countries which dedicate a national public holiday to reconciliation. But then there are few nations with our history of enforced division, oppression and sustained conflict. And fewer still, which have undergone such a remarkable transition to reclaim their humanity . . . This Day of Reconciliation celebrates the progress we have made; it reaffirms our commitment; and it measures the challenges.”
The Russian Embassy will be hosting a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Russian section of the Wall of Names, which has names of 67 Soviet officers who sacrificed their lives in the Struggle for the liberation of this country.
The second democratically elected President of South Africa, Mr Thabo Mbeki visited Freedom Park on 9 December 2019 with a delegation of 8 from the UAE for a tour of Freedom Park.