Day of Reconciliation History
Day of Reconciliation celebrates national unity and reconciliation following the horrific events of the past. The day also serves as a promise of a shared South African future, one of equality, democracy and freedom. The day, 16 December, was chosen to mark a decisive battle in South African history. On this day in 1838, the Voortrekkers prepared for battle against the Zulus and took a vow before God that if they were granted victory, they would build a church and their descendants would have a thanksgiving day in honour of the victory. The 470 Vootrekkers then battled the 10,000 Zulus, killing more than 3,000 of them with the advantage of gun powder.
Day of Reconciliation was originally a commemoration of this battle but with the birth of democracy in 1994, 16 December became a day to celebrate national unity and to foster reconciliation.
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