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Nontsikelelo 'Ntsikie' Biko (L), widow of South African civil rights activist Steve Biko, consoles his mother Alice (R) during the investigation into his death from beatings administered by the South African Security Police.
The signing of the Republic of South Africa's Constitution in May 1996 ushered in a new era of democracy two years after the country’s historic first election and the installation of President Nelson Mandela.
Sol Plaatje was the co-founder of the African National Congress (ANC). As an activist and politician, he spent much of his life fighting for the enfranchisement and liberation of the South African people.
The collapse of apartheid and the implementation of a democratic government in South Africa was regionally supported by a group of southern African states called the Frontline States. (The Democratic Republic of Congo, pictured here, was not supportive of the liberation.)
Shamiela Fataar, a 46-year-old single mother of three young children, stands proudly in front of her temporary dwelling along Symphony Way in Cape Town, South Africa. The informal settlement was forcibly disbanded in February 2008.
The iconic photograph of the dead body of Hector Pieterson, age 13, being carried by Mbuyisa Makhuba alongside his sister, received global attention, exposing the world to the horrors of the apartheid government.