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South Africa's President Zuma is seen behind balloons during Freedom Day celebrations in Pretoria

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is seen behind balloons during Freedom Day celebrations at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, April 27, 2014. South Africa marked two decades of multi-racial democracy on Sunday, still feeling the loss of Nelson Mandela and in sombre mood just 10 days before elections which are expected to keep the African National Congress (ANC) party in power.Sunday's celebrations held a special poignancy as this is the first "Freedom Day" since the passing of Mandela, the anti-apartheid icon who died in December at the age of 95. REUTERS/Mujahid Safodien (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY)

South Africa marks 20th anniversary of democracy

Yahoo News

South Africans on Sunday celebrated 20 years of democracy with song, prayer and praise for those who guided their country into a more peaceful, tolerant era, although some noted that economic inequality and other problems have undermined the nation's promise since the first all-race elections ended white rule on April 27, 1994.

The focus of the Freedom Day commemorations was in Pretoria at the Union Buildings, the century-old government offices where President Jacob Zuma and dignitaries, including foreign diplomats, gathered to reflect on the long struggle against apartheid and ensuing efforts to build a better country. (AP)

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