This Day In History - South Africa Holds Multi-Racial Elections 1994

South Africa Holds Multi-Racial Elections 1994

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

All Day

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Event Description

More than 22 million South Africans turn out to cast ballots in the country's first multiracial parliamentary elections. An overwhelming majority chose anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela to head a new coalitiongovernment that included his African National Congress Party, former President F.W. de Klerk's National Party, and Zulu leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi's Inkatha Freedom Party. In May, Mandela was inaugurated as president, becoming South Africa's first black head of state.

Event Location

South Africa