Photo of the annual meeting of the ZCC held in South Africa, 1994.
With highly contrasted silhouette, a man with his mouth open wide is trying to make a statement with strong hand gestures. People who appear to be police are seen in the background, conveying an oppressive atmosphere. This photo was taken on April 3, 1994, during an annual meeting of the members of the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) at Moria in Limpopo Province, South Africa.
Prior to the first all-race election on April 27, then president F.W. de Klerk, Nelson Mandela who later became president and the symbol of ethnic reconciliation, and Mangosuthu Buthelezi who was the leader of Zulu Inkatha Freedom Party attended the annual meeting. Actions of these three individuals who had a strong influence on the election attracted much attention.
With all-race election coming up and heightened expectation for the abolishment of apartheid established in 1948, social unrest lingered in South Africa until the election day as conflicts involving civilians continued. Nelson Mandela led the African National Congress (ANC) to a landslide victory, and he was inaugurated as the president. In that same year, apartheid was abolished.