Global lessons from South Africa
While reading The Big Story feature on South Africa (‘Generation Mandela’, Aug 16), I was struck by a quote from one of the interviewees who says “...the black people who nowadays got rich don’t care about the rest of us”.
To me the comment has global relevance as I feel all fledgling democracies go through a phase where corruption and personal greed of a few people in power scars the socio-political vision that the statesmen of that nation have for their country.
I’m not trying to justify this epidemic but merely saying that we need to appreciate what we have, empower ourselves in a way that we are able to build a better future for ourselves as well as for the coming generation and not let the bitterness of our past rule our minds. Easier said than done, I know, but to me that is what real progress is.
NAME WITHHELD ON REQUEST The article on Nelson Mandela and his country was absolutely beautiful. I thought the author managed to draw us, the readers, in and show us what present-day South Africa is like through the eyes of ordinary people very successfully. Great job!
SUSANNE JACOBS, VIA EMAIL