Former President Nelson Mandela was released from prison 30 years ago and the moment brought great hope to millions of South Africans. Briefly.co.za reflects on how Madiba's vision shaped Mzansi's position today.
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The legacy of Apartheid is something that will live long in the memory of millions of South Africans.
After decades of struggle, protests, injustice and violence, Former President Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison.
It proved to be a decisive moment in South Africa's history and presented the dawn of democracy.
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Although three decades have passed, Madiba's vision and strategy implemented back then still impacts our current position.
The Council on Foreign Relations shared an interesting opinion piece on the progress made since Madiba's release.
Madiba's approach caught many offguard. Many anticipated the exclusion of white South Africans and a civil war.
Forecasts for the economy weren't great, as many feared a similar situation to the one which played out in Zimbabwe.
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However, 30 years on, South Africa still boasts one of the best constitutions and its financial stability has been respectable over the years.
Although government is plagued by corruption, it's still a far cry from the economic collapse experienced by Zimbabweans.
Although former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe and others were critical of Madiba, not many politicians would have been able to navigate such a smooth and peaceful transition.
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