Freedom Day commemorates the first democratic post-apartheid elections held in South Africa on 27 April 1994. It is significant because it marks the end of over three hundred years of colonialism, segregation and white minority rule and the establishment of a new democratic government led by Nelson Mandela and a new state subject to a new constitution.  The holding of the first non-racial elections was the culmination of years of struggle and a negotiated settlement which led to the unbanning of the liberation organisations, the release of political prisoners and the return of exiles and the formal all-party negotiations which drafted an interim constitution. The elections took place in a peaceful and festive atmosphere, though there were threats of political violence. Freedom Day is celebrated…