South Africa still struggling to fulfill Mandela’s hopes and dreams

by Sudarsan Raghavan

Nelson Mandela (1913-2013) People sang songs of struggle outside the home of Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg on Friday. Photo: New York Times

When Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990, he brought a vision of forgiveness and reconciliation to rebuild a nation marred by the legacy of white rule. But the South Africa he leaves behind is still a work in progress, far from living up to the promises ushered in by his freedom and the ideals of justice and equality that he espoused.