07 May 2014 by Keith Nicholls

Twenty years of democracy: SA goes to the polls

​On Wednesday 7 May 2014, South Africa goes to the polls for its fifth democratic elections.

The South African national flag flew for the first time on 27 April 1994. Image courtesy of Nicholas Raymond

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.

The Apartheid Museum: a spotlight on South Africa’s fight for racial equality. Image © Apartheid Museum

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:

Category: Culture & History

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