GALLERY | 10 pictures documenting South Africa's very first democratic election

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A group of women from Mdamstane Township giggle as they wait to vote in their countrys first democratic election, in East London, South Africa, 1994. (Photo by Susan Winters Cook/Getty Images)
A group of women from Mdamstane Township giggle as they wait to vote in their countrys first democratic election, in East London, South Africa, 1994. (Photo by Susan Winters Cook/Getty Images)

On 27 April 1994, South Africa had its very first non-racial democratic elections after more than 300 years of legislated colonialisms, apartheids, and white minority rule. 

After being subject to various systemic violences during a centuries-long struggle, political leaders negotiated a settlement that led to the unbanning of liberation organisations, the release of political prisoners, the return of exiles, and the gradual (still ongoing) dismembering of apartheid. 

Now given the opportunity to vote, black folk made their way to the ballots. 

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