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Politicians reflect on Freedom Day

Politicians tell Eyewitness News what they would be doing if the first democratic elections did not occur.

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CAPE TOWN - Eyewitness News asked some of the country's politicians what they would be doing if the first democratic elections never happened.

MPs had mixed responses on exactly where life would have taken them, had the liberation struggle failed.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said the courts would have been his home.

"Probably, I'd be an advocate, because I love law."

ANC MP Luwellyn Landers was less optimistic.

"I don't know. I guess I would probably be in exile or jail."

His colleague Cecil Burgess would have continued the battle against the Apartheid regime.

"Throwing stones at motor cars that had my adversaries in it and probably burning tyres as well."

Cope MP Dennis Bloem had a sweeter future planned.

"I was working at a bakery as a confectioner. Maybe I would have been still working there and not been elected to Parliament."