What Happened On This Day 27th July, 1992 In South Africa?

On This Day 27th July 1992 in South Africa
On This Day 27th July 1992 in South Africa

What Happened On This Day 27th July 1992?

What Happened On This Day 27th July 1992: On this blog post, we’re going to take you back to one of the striking event that happened in the history of South Africa on this day 27th July, 1992.

South Africa is one of the leading countries in Africa now when it comes to economy and development. SA was colonized by two European countries. The first was by the Dutch(Netherlands) but later taken over by the British colonial government.

South Africa gained her independence on 11th December 1931 but became truely independent from the rule of the British colony in the year 1961. But to many, true independence for the country came only in 1994 when Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress came into power following a multiracial, multiparty election.

What Happened On This Day 27th July 1992?

On this day, in the year 1992, Nelson Mandela made an audacious statement that a general strike will be held to protest the removal of the incumbent South African President F. W. de Klerk from power and for free democratic elections to be held.

F. W. de Klerk who was born in Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa. De Klerk held a series of ministerial posts before becoming leader of the National Party after President P.W. Botha fell ill in early 1989. After being elected President later that year, De Klerk indicated, in a famous speech to parliament, that he favored dismantling Apartheid. He released political prisoners, such as Nelson Mandela and removed the ban on the ANC.

Nelson Mandela often referred to as the father of the nation by South Africans, was an anti-apartheid activist and politician who served 27 years in prison. After being freed in 1990 he became the President of the African National Congress (1991-97) before being elected the first black President of his country in a fully multiracial election in 1994.

After the audacious statement by Nelson Mandela In 1992, F. W. de Klerk still won a white referendum to continue his reforms and negotiated with Mandela and the ANC, resulting in South Africa’s first free elections in 1994 of which Mandela came out victorious. For this he, somewhat controversially, he and Mandela were awarded the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize award.

Other Significant Events That Happened On This Day Round The Globe:

27th July, 2002 | Ukraine airshow disaster: A Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet crashed during an air show in Lviv, Ukraine, killing 77 people and injuring more than 500 others, making it the worst disaster in history.

27th July, 2015 | At least seven people died and many were injured after gunmen attacked an Indian police station in Punjab.

27th July, 1996 | In Atlanta, United States, a pipe bomb exploded at Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics.




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