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‘Madiba the epitome of reconciliation’

The Day of Reconciliation, previously known as Dingaan’s Day, is being celebrated across SA.

FILE: Former president Nelson Mandela. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Former president Nelson Mandela was the epitome of the kind of reconciliation South Africa needs, the Western Cape Cultural Affairs Department said on Tuesday.

The Day of Reconciliation, previously known as Dingaan's Day, is being celebrated across the country.

The public holiday came into effect after the 1994 democratic elections with the objective of fostering reconciliation and national unity.

Provincial Cultural Affairs MEC Nomafrench Mbombo says while the country celebrates two decades of democracy, South Africans must be mindful that freedom came at a great cost.

Her spokesperson, Siviwe Gwarube, said, "A year ago, we bid farewell to the world's greatest icon, former president Nelson Mandela. It is on days like today that we ought to reflect to the nation and think of ways to breathe life to the dreams Mandela had."

Today also marks the establishment of the ANC's military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe, in 1961.

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