Sunday, October 01, 2006

The fallout from South Africa's apartheid

According to the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the first black South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town and winner of the Nobel Peace award in 1984, South Africa's annual crime statistics have shown a sharp rise in some areas of violent crime. This is the unhappy position of this country after the end of apartheid.

This is the country whose famous prisoner through his 27-year imprisonment, much of it spent in a cell on Robben Island, Mr. Nelson Mandela became the most widely-known figure in the struggle against South African apartheid.

After Mandela's release from prison, he became the first President of South Africa to be elected in fully-representative democratic elections.

South Africa's democracy is now 12 years old, still young and somewhat fragile. Apartheid is history, and Nelson Mandela, has overseen one of the most remarkable periods of political transition anywhere in the world.

The former president and master of reconciliation is now 88 years old and enjoying a happy retirement.

Despite the end of apartheid, millions of South Africans, mostly black, continue to live in poverty. The legacy of apartheid is still affecting this country, with deep rooted communal suspicions and unresolved hatred of the past several generations of segregation policies.

The Rainbow Nation of South Africa, as described by Desmond Tutu will host the FIFA world in 2010. It will be the first time the tournament is held in Africa.

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