Nelson Mandela and the Myth of Peace

Former South African President Nelson MandelaFormer South African President Nelson MandelaOne of the abiding myths of the last 20 years is that when Nelson Mandela became president of South Africa in 1994 he ushered in an era of peace and reconciliation. Mandela's charisma, aura of statesmanlike goodness undoubtedly bred a much-needed spirit of hope after a long history of brutal white minority rule. But real evidence of reconciliation and peace in South Africa is hard to find.

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