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Congratulations by the Czech leaders on 20 years of democratic South Africa

On 27 April 2014 South Africa celebrated the Freedom Day, marking already 20th anniversary of the first free multiracial elections in 1994.

In the congratulatory letter to Mr. Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr. Miloš Zeman, President of the Czech Republic, noted that “inauguration of the first black President Nelson Mandela 20 years ago brought to an end a shameful system of apartheid and launched a new era of free and democratic South Africa”. This year’s celebration was overshadowed by his passing away at the end of last year. “In his life the challenging journey of your great country to democracy was reflected,” observed Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Mr. Bohuslav Sobotka, in his letter of congratulation to Deputy President Mr. Kgalema Motlanthe.

“Czechoslovakia and then the Czech Republic have always strongly supported fight of African countries for their independence, as well as the fight of the ANC against apartheid in South Africa”, wrote Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Mr. Lubomír Zaorálek, in the letter to his counterpart, Mrs. Maité Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.

The letters of congratulations were also sent by Mr. Milan Štěch, President of the Senate, and Mr. Jan Hamáček, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies.