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Politicians share highlights of democracy

On Sunday, South Africa will mark 20 years since the first democratic elections.

FILE: Mamphela Ramphele. Picture:Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - South Africans are spending this weekend celebrating 20 years of democracy.

Tomorrow marks exactly two decades since millions of South Africans voted for the first democratically elected president of this country.

Eyewitness News spoke to some political leaders about how they are remembering the dawn of a new era.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) President Julius Malema says his highlight has been the freedom South Africans have gained.

"…the right to vote and the political freedom that our people attained through the ushering in of a democratic dispensation in 1994."

Democratic Alliance (DA) Leader Helen Zille says 20 years after the country first went to the polls; the nation is faced with serious issues.

"The erosion of constitutionalism is an enormous threat to our democracy. And when we look back we will see that at this period in our history, Thuli Madonsela and the public protector was an anomaly and we need to strengthen all of the institutions of our democracy to hold power to account."

Meanwhile, Agang Leader Mamphela Ramphele says she had hoped to have retired by now, but has returned to politics to save what her generation fought for.

"How does one stand aside when so much wrong is happening in the name of democracy? How does one, a part of a small band who laid down their lives for freedom and dignity, walk away when all we fought for is threatened?"