Episode 58: South Africa’s First Free Election

"Mandela voting in 1994" by Paul Weinberg

Nelson Mandela votes int he 1994 South African election (Photo by Paul Weinberg via Wikipedia)

Today marks the 21st anniversary of the first democratic election in South Africa in which black people were allowed to vote. It is now a national holiday called “Freedom Day.”

Here are some things you might not have known about that election.

First: It was the end of the four-year process that ended Apartheid, which included the release of Nelson Mandela from prison in 1990.

Second: The African National Congress won a landslide victory, taking 62 percent of the vote, and winning majorities in seven of nine provinces.

Third: The first act of the National assembly was to select Mandela as president, South Africa’s first black head of state. He served in that capacity until 1999.

Our question: What was the name of the prison in which Nelson Mandela was held between 1964 and 1982?

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