In April 1994 people around South Africa and the world celebrated the end of the violent and racist state supported system of apartheid as South Africa held its very first democratic elections and the country’s first black president, Nelson Mandela, was voted into power.
Today, more than twenty years later, South Africa still faces massive inequality, poverty and violence, with a growing understanding that the struggle against the system of apartheid has not yet been won.
This essay looks at the lives of seven young South Africans born in the very first years of democracy, who have been dubbed the ‘Born Free’ generation by the media, and looks at what freedom means to them.