Today in History: April 14th


14 April marks South Africa’s third democratic elections

South Africa held its third democratic elections on 14 April 2004. A total of 20.6 million People were registered to vote, making it 2 million more than the 1999 elections. Approximately 76% of the registered voters voted and the leading party, the African National Congress (ANC) received 67.7% of the votes.

The 2004 election also marked a decade of democracy in South Africa. The first democratic elections had taken place exactly a decade earlier. This election saw an increase in voter abstention and there was a significant registration and election boycott campaign.


Compiled by: Sellwane Khakhau