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Jacob Zuma: SA has vastly improved

Zuma says the country has moved closer to a united non-racial, non-sexist democracy.

Members of the SANDF await the arrival of President Jacob Zuma ahead of the Freedom Day celebrations at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says South Africa has vastly improved over the past 20 years, building a buoyant economy, deepening democracy and combating crime and corruption.

Zuma spoke to more than a thousand people gathered at the union buildings in Pretoria where Freedom Day celebrations are being held.

Zuma says the country has moved closer to a united non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa.

"Compatriots, we have done a lot in the last 20 years. But we still have some way to go to eradicate poverty, inequality and unemployment. Fortunately, we have a plan."

Meanwhile congregants of a Lutheran church in Mondeor south of Joburg have gone to the Reitvlei farm to have their service and share lunch.

Hundreds of people are gathered at the farm on Swartkoppies road to spend the day together.

The church pastor Daniel Motshwene says his message to South Africans is to fight for a better life for all.

"Let us take our freedom very seriously, let's work on it, let's participate and let's make sure that South Africa works for the better for all."