Religion in South Africa 15 Years After the End of Apartheid

Source Organization: Pew Research Center


04/23/2009 - On April 27, 1994, South Africa held its first democratic elections after the fall of the apartheid system of racial segregation. Religion played an important role in bringing about this change: Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu earned the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his outspoken opposition to apartheid, and many of South Africa's churches were active in efforts to end the practice. Data from a 10-country survey of Pentecostals conducted by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life in 2006 provides estimates of the religious affiliation of South Africa's urban population.

View the graphic Religion in South Africa 15 Years After the End of Apartheid on the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life's Web site.

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