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In Pictures: South Africa's freedom day
Pro-democracy rally, South Africa
Threshold of democracy

After years of struggle against the apartheid system of white minority rule and international pressure, Nelson Mandela is released in 1990.

Painstaking negotiations follow and political parties finally agree on 27 April 1994 as the date for South Africa's first multi-racial elections, giving the country's majority black population the right to vote for the first time.

Nelson Mandela: "Today marks the dawn of our freedom"

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