Unfulfilled Promises Are Replacing Prospects of a Better Life in South Africa – NYTimes.com

If only this article had come out earlier in the week we could have probed the current challenges facing South Africa with Ambassador Rasool on campus:

Altogether, the labor unrest, broad disillusionment, dimming economic prospects and political inertia represent perhaps the most serious crisis South Africa’s young democracy has faced.

“In 1994 there were massive problems, but there was also a massive amount of hope,” said William Gumede, a political analyst. “Now people feel hopeless. People have lost confidence in all of these institutions they trusted will make a difference, like the unions and the A.N.C. The new institutions of democracy — Parliament, the courts — people have also lost confidence that those can protect them and help them. That is why they go for violence and take law into own hand

via Unfulfilled Promises Are Replacing Prospects of a Better Life in South Africa – NYTimes.com.

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