Mandela supporters perch on a billboard in Durban, April 1994.
Surrounded by bodyguards, Mandela celebrates his triumph in April elections, and prepares to assemble South Africa’s first multi-racial government.
Mandela, 75, takes the oath of office in the political capital Pretoria as the first democratically elected President of South Africa. De Klerk, once an adversary, joined government as Mandela’s deputy.
Man of the People
Mandela tours Cape Town’s Eerste River township in November 2000. The year before, he opted to not contest for re-election, giving way to his party deputy Thabo Mbeki. Under Mbeki’s ANC government, economic — less than racial — inequality would come to define South Africa in the post-apartheid era.
South African Icon
Mandela addresses a conference on AIDS in Durban, July 2000. Mandela is credited wit breaking the conspiracy of silence that surrounded the disease in his home country.