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DA, ANC, FF+ recall 'historical' 1994 vote

Political leaders recall casting their votes in 1994 in the country’s first democratic elections.

Political leaders recall casting their votes in 1994 in the country’s first democratic elections.

CAPE TOWN - Saturday marked exactly 19 years since the first general elections on 27 April, 1994.

Freedom Day is commemorated every year to mark the country's democracy.

Some politicians said they remember feeling excited and anxious about casting their first free vote.

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille said on this day in 1994, she voted at a primary school in the Southern Cape.

"It was an extraordinary feeling, and I remember seeing the transformation that had the whole world spellbound."

Zille said South Africa was a much better place than what it was under apartheid.

"I think we have made enormous strides in the country. We have a Constitution that protects everybody's rights which is a step in the right direction."

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said he cast his vote on Boksburg, south of Johannesburg, 19 years ago.

"It was a historical because we had a right we had never exercised."

Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Mulder said he voted in Potchefstroom in 1994.

He remembered most Afrikaners were worried about what would happen next.

"My expectations of what was going to happen were realistic. Most [Afrikaners] thought the National Party was going to win or a war was coming and started putting away food."