In 1994 South Africa held its first democratic elections and the country’s first black
president, Nelson Mandela, was elected to power, officially ending the racist and violent state supported system of Apartheid.
Twenty years later, South Africans born during those first few years of the country’s new-found freedom
have been nicknamed the ‘Born Frees’. A generation said to be born free from the oppression of Apartheid. This essay looks at the lives of seven young South Africans and asks them about what it means to be free.