Twenty years of democracy: SA goes to the polls
It has been 20 years since South Africa’s first democratic elections on 27 April 1994, which saw South Africans of all races voting together for the first time in free and fair elections, signalling an end to decades of race-based apartheid.
Following those elections, Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as the country’s first democratic president, spreading a message of reconciliation and hope following his 27 years in jail.
The date 27 April is now celebrated as Freedom Day in South Africa each year. This year, the country celebrated 20 years of freedom on that day.
South Africa’s historic journey to freedom is an important part of its allure for travellers, and there are a number of attractions that relate to this. For more on South Africa’s past and its journey to democracy, take a look at the following:
- Mandela map
- Apartheid Museum
- Robben Island
- Constitution Hill
- Voting Line sculpture, Port Elizabeth
- Liliesleaf farm
- Mandela Capture Site
- KwaZulu-Natal Freedom Route
- Nobel Square, Cape Town
Category: Culture & History