10 incredible pictures that will remind you what Freedom Day is really about

27 April 2017

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Today exactly 23 years ago, South Africans voted in the country's first democratic election -- a day we celebrate on Freedom Day, 27 April.

Here are 10 iconic pictures to remind you what today's public holiday is really about.

1. Nelson Mandela is inaugurated as the first democratically elected president of the Republic of South Africa.

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2. White and black people vote together in the dusty Zevenfontein township in northern Johannesburg. It was one of the shortest queues at polls in the area, on April 28, 1994.

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3. Schoolchildren at the Sagewood Education Center in Johannesburg.

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4. A peaceful protest in the Johannesburg city centre in the run-up to the 1994 elections on 27 April.

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5. A long queue of people waiting patiently to vote, some for the very first time.

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6. A woman is delighted that she can vote in South Africa's first democratic election.

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7. The South African Air Force flies over the inauguration ceremony after Nelson Mandela was sworn in as president of the Republic of South Africa.

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8. Residents of rural settlements waiting in long queues to vote. There were so many voters that 28 April was also a public holiday so more people could get to voting stations.

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9. Two Eastern Cape girls fetching water after the first day of elections.


10. President Nelson Mandela celebrates his party's historic victory on 2 May 1994 at the Carlton Hotel in Johannesburg.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA- MAY 2 : President Nelson Mandela of South Africa celebrates his historic election win at the ANC victory party on May 2, 1994 at Carlton Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mandela celebrated victory in the first democratic election held in South Africa after decades of Apartheid and minority white government. He served as president one 5-year term and left the presidency to Thabo Mbeki, his successor in 1999. (Photo by Per-Anders Pettersson/Getty Images) PHOTO: Getty Images

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