NATIONAL NEWS - The Day of Reconciliation is a public holiday in South Africa and celebrated annually on 16 December.
The holiday came into effect in 1994 after the end of apartheid, with the intention of fostering reconciliation and national unity.
Before 1994, 16 December was commemorated as the Day of the Vow, also known as Day of the Covenant or Dingaan's Day. The Day of the Vow was a religious holiday commemorating the Voortrekker victory over the Zulus at the Battle of Blood River.
On the other side of the political spectrum, 16 December is also the anniversary of the 1961 founding of Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation), the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC).
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