There is still poverty and lack of adequate housing in the country. But all of the poor are not Black anymore. I saw White homeless and beggars in the streets, and Whites protesting shantytown living conditions. Wealthy Whites still own the majority of the land and the country’s resources, but slow steady progress is being made to correct that. South Africa still exists as Africa’s most economically developed country, and both education and skilled training for the Black African population are expanding exponentially every year.
The road will be hard and the climb forward will be very steep, but Mandela-Madiba did his part to help steer the ship in the right direction and to give it a full gust of wind for the journey. His leadership model will be studied for years to come. We can only hope for another rise of such an extraordinary human being among us.
Rest in peace, dear brother, you more than earned it.
Professor David L. Horne is founder and executive director of PAPPEI, the Pan African Public Policy and Ethical Institute, which is a new 501(c)(3) pending community-based organization or non-governmental organization (NGO). It is the stepparent organization for the California Black Think Tank which still operates and which meets every fourth Friday.
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