South Africa marks 20th anniversary of democracy

People hold South African flags as they attend 20-year Democracy Anniversary celebrations at the government's Union Building in Pretoria, South Africa, Sunday, April 27, 2014. The day marks the end of the apartheid era when all races went to the polls to cast their votes in historic 1994 elections. (AP Photo)

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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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