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The grim state of South Africa one year after Nelson Mandela

It's not that he presided over a golden age; it's that the problems have become clearer since

6 December 2014

9:00 AM

6 December 2014

9:00 AM

 Cape Town

Nelson Mandela was so much the father of our new democracy that when he died a year ago South Africans felt like orphans. The joyful moment when he became our president 20 years ago has been replaced with a sombre mood now. South Africa has political stability, a fairly healthy democracy and has lifted millions of her people from the lowest rungs of poverty, but economic growth has been pitifully low, unemployment is at 37 per cent, and dreadful levels of violent crime terrorise the whole population, particularly the poor.

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