Nanda Soobben writes:

31 st May used to be the APARTHEID Republic Day !! I did this cartoon in 1981 showing Pik Botha and PW Botha "celebrating" and hopefully having an indejestion !!!
(Nanda Soobben, May 2011)

Nanda Soobben

Nanda Soobben

Nanda Soobben began his career at 'Post' (Natal) in 1980 and became the first black South African cartoonist to be employed by a mainstream paper when the 'Daily News' took…>

'South Africa Celebrates 20 Years as a Republic':
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© Nanda Soobben | May 31, 1981

South Africa Celebrates 20 Years as a Republic

YOU CAN'T HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT: Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Republic Day (since SA became a republic in 1961), Pik and PW Botha can't help but feel that there is something missing in the recipe for a prosperous country. It took them almost another decade to realise just what that missing ingredient was... Democracy! Activist cartoonist NANDA SOOBBEN marks the occasion.

Here's a brief timeline of SA's status. Note another anniversary is also on May 31!

1910, May 31: The Union of South Africa was created when four British colonies unite.

1934: SA became a overeign state within British Empire.

1961, May 31: SA becomes a republic.

1968, October: SA leaves the Commonwealth (rejoins in June 1994).

1994, 27 April: South Africa hosts its first democratic elections (now celebrated as Freedom Day).

1994, 10 May: Nelson Mandela sworn in as SA's first democratically elected president.