History was made when the majority of South Africans took to the polls in the country’s first-ever democratic elections on 27 April 1994.
Most people said it was a wonderful day, the day they will never forget. Denis Farrell, Associated Press photographer, took the most circulated picture in South Africa’s media, of a snaking queue at one of the polling stations in Soweto.
Speaking to CapeTalk’s Kieno Kammies, Farrel shared his memories of the day as he was taking that legendary picture.
My brief was to accompany a visiting photographer to take pictures of FW de Klerk casting his votes and I have organised with Alan Matthews to go with him on a helicopter two weeks prior the voting day— Denis Farrell, Associated Press photographer
Listen to the full conversation below:
When we were waiting for FW to cast his vote, we got the news of explosions at the airport— Denis Farrell, Associated Press photographer
I eventually got to Rand airport and got ready to get into the helicopter. We had to fly above a certain height because they were concerned about somebody shooting at the helicopter— Denis Farrell, Associated Press photographer
We went over Soweto and katlegong and it was an amazing scene with all those queues, I mean there were really long queues— Denis Farrell, Associated Press photographer
We thought the iconic photograph for the elections would be Nelson Mandela casting his vote— Denis Farrell, Associated Press photographer