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South African general election were held between 26 and 29 April 1994 and were the first in which citizens of all races were allowed to take part, and were therefore also the first held with universal adult suffrage. The election marked the culmination of the four-year process that ended apartheid.
Millions queued in lines over a four-day voting period. As widely expected, the African National Congress (ANC) won a sweeping victory, taking 62 percent of the vote, just short of the two-thirds majority required to unilaterally amend the Interim Constitution. As required by that document, the ANC formed a Government of National Unity with the National Party and the Inkatha Freedom Party, the two other parties that won more than 20 seats in the National Assembly. The new National Assembly's first act was to elect Nelson Mandela as President, making him the country's first black chief executive.
The date 27 April is now a public holiday in South Africa, Freedom Day.
New national coat of arms for South Africa (adopted on 27 April 2000), inscribed in a square. On both sides, the country name displayed in English, date above.
SOUTH 2004 AFRICA
Depicts people brandishing the new flag adopted in 1994 by the new multiracial and national union government directed by Nelson Mandela.
10 YEARS OF FREEDOM