In 1994, Nelson Mandela stepped forth as South Africa’s first black president and said, “Never, never, and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.” But 18 years later, is South Africa truly free? Journalist Douglas Foster explored that question while living in South Africa. He interviewed everyone from President Zuma to teens with HIV. Foster joins us to discuss his book “After Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom in Post-Apartheid South Africa,” and the problems that still divide the country.

Douglas Foster, associate professor at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a former editor at Mother Jones

  • Zebraep

    Has the violent crime problem in South Africa improved over the past decade?  I find it difficult to imagine any meaningful improvement in the economy if  this issue isn’t addressed. 

  • Leewaysf

    Please discuss the feeble enforcement of rhino poaching as not an isolated case of human greed decimating an ancient species, but by both national and internationally operated crime syndicates; with the SA government. The crime now also includes white-collar perpetrators with farmers, pilots, the wildlife industry and vets being part of it.

  • Ellis

    This was a warm and fuzzy story.
    However; the reality is much darker. Again what we see is the rule
    for and by the 1%.

    Glen Ford says it best:

    1994 agreement between Nelson Mandela’s ANC and the white South
    African regime was a pact with the devil, which could only be
    tolerated by the masses of the country’s poor because it was seen
    as averting a bloodbath, and because it was assumed to be temporary.
    But, 18 years later, the arrangement has calcified into a bizarre
    protectorate for foreign white capital and the small class of Blacks
    that have attached themselves to the global rich. Apologists for the
    African National Congress regime will prattle on about the
    “complexity” of the issue, but the central truth is that South
    Africa did not complete its revolution.

    fundamental contradictions of the rule of the many by the few, remain
    in place – only now, another layer of repression has been added: a
    Black aristocracy that has soaked itself in the blood of the miners
    of Marikana.

    Africa remains the continent’s best hope for a fundamental break with
    colonialism in its new forms. But, as in all anti-colonial struggles,
    the biggest casualties will occur in the clash between those who
    truly desire liberation, and those who are intent on an accommodation
    with the old master.”

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