This day in history: South Africa's 1st multi-racial elections start

This day in history: South Africa's 1st multi-racial elections start

Friday, 26 April, marks the 25th anniversary of the first day of the democratic elections - an election that saw the end of the previous regime.

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On 26 April 1994, the first day of South Africa's first multi-racial elections started and black and coloured South Africans were finally awarded the opportunity to vote for their chosen leader.

According to South African History Online, the first democratic elections started four years after the ban on the liberation movements was lifted.

The 1994 elections saw the inclusion of the new Government of National Unity (GNU), which consisted of the National Party (NP), the IFP and the ANC, who led the GNU.

The three parties shared power until the GNU was dismantled in 1999.

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This day in history: South Africa's 1st multiracial elections start
Mandela casts his vote in the first democratic elections in 1994. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Source: UGC

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Historically, the ANC won the elections and Nelson Mandela became the first democratic president of the Republic of South Africa.

It has been 25 years since the historic start of the first democratic elections and the ANC is still in power.

However, many have claimed that the ruling party failed to create a better future for its people and faces serious competition from the EFF, which is led by Julius Malema.

Yet, despite believes that the ANC failed to deliver, many still stand by party. Only time would tell which party would come out victorious in the upcoming elections, which kick starts on the 8th of May.

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Source: Briefly News

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Maryn Blignaut (Human-Interest HOD) Maryn Blignaut is the Human Interest manager and feature writer. She holds a BA degree in Communication Science, which she obtained from the University of South Africa in 2016. She joined the Briefly - South African News team shortly after graduating and has over six years of experience in the journalism field. Maryn passed the AFP Digital Investigation Techniques course (Google News Initiative), as well as a set of trainings for journalists by Google News Initiative. You can reach her at: