This Day in History: November 1, 1995


The votes of millions of South Africans on 1 November 1995, in the country’s first non-racial local government elections, dealt the final blows to the oppressive system of apartheid.

The African National Congress (ANC) won the elections by a landslide, followed by the National Party (NP), the Inkhata Freedom Party (IFP), and the Democratic Party (DP).

Of the 11 000 seats that were being contested, the Nelson Mandela-led ANC won 6 032, compared to the FW de Klerk-led NP’s 1 814.

“Our country is today a democracy in the complete sense of the word,” said ANC and South African president Nelson Mandela at a November 3 victory celebration in Johannesburg.

“The people of South Africa have spoken. They have shown their resolve to unite the nation.”

1995 local election results