On the 27th of April 1994 South Africans of all nationalities were able, for the first time, to cast their vote in a national election. The turn-out was incredible! All around the country millions of people queued for hours. The outcome was decisive, the once-banned African National Congress (ANC), under the leadership of Nelson Mandela, won 62.65% of the votes. FW de Klerk's national party took 20.39%.
Pre-election voter canvassing...
People queue to vote: Shoshonguwe Johannesburg Katlehong
Mandela votes for the first time in his life. Jacob Zuma stands in queue behind
Casting the vote
FW and Marietjie de Klerk vote in South Africa's first free and fair election
Independent Electoral Commission workers counting votes
Judge Johan Kriegler, head of the Independent Electoral Commission
Celebrations: Mandela for president
The Mandela shuffle of victory
Photographer—Graeme Williams / South Photographs