Today South Africa remembers the first non-racial Democratic Elections which took place on 27 April 1994 after decades of racial segregation and suppression. This was a historic turning point in South African history and paved the way towards a new democratic constitution. For the first time all races in the country were going to the polls to decide their own destiny.
Nineteen political parties participated and twenty-two million people voted. People queued for hours, yet the general spirit was calm and friendly. The African National Congress (ANC) won the election with 62.65% of the votes and Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first democratically elected president.
As a young Democracy, we have a lot of work to do, but I say VIVA SOUTH AFRICA, VIVA!
People queueing to vote – photo courtesy of www.telegraph.co.uk