WorldViews: A glimpse of South Africa’s racial progress

By Karin Brulliard, December 10, 2013

I saw Nelson Mandela only once, and from afar, when he was sitting on a stage at an African National Congress election rally in 2009. It was a much-dissected and somewhat uncomfortable appearance -- Mandela was frail, and the party was accused of parading him in support of future president Jacob Zuma, a polygamist who had fought off corruption and rape charges and was often held up as a symbol of how far South Africa had drifted from Mandela’s legacy.

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