This Happened — April 27: First Democratic Election In South Africa
South African citizens of all races were allowed to vote in a general election for the first time on April 27, 1994. This was the first democratic election in South Africa after the end of the apartheid system.
What led to the end of apartheid in South Africa?
The end of apartheid in South Africa was the result of a long struggle against the system of institutionalized racial segregation and discrimination. The anti-apartheid movement was led by Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress (ANC), among other groups. International pressure and sanctions against South Africa also played a significant role in ending apartheid.
Who was eligible to vote in the 1994 South African election?
In the 1994 South African election, all South African citizens who were 18 years or older, regardless of race, were eligible to vote. This was a significant departure from previous elections, which were restricted to White South Africans only.
What impact did the 1994 South African election have on the country?
The 1994 South African election marked a significant turning point in the country's history. It ended decades of apartheid and ushered in a new era of democracy and equality, with Nelson Mandela to serve as the first Black President. The election helped to heal the deep wounds caused by apartheid and set the stage for the country's future development and growth.