JONNY STEINBERG: Mandela's self-control a shackle for today's youth

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- businesslive.co.za | 3 weeks ago

It is often said that young black South Africans have become disenchanted with Nelson Mandela.

Increasingly sceptical of the settlement that gave birth to democracy in 1994, many young people feel alienated from the man who did more than anyone else to make that birth possible. Some wonder, to borrow Julius Malema’s inimitable metaphor, whether Mandela was a zombie controlled by rich white men, seeing to the interests of those who profited under apartheid and thus limiting the prospect of change.

There is indeed a rift between the spirit of Mandela and that of growing numbers of young people.

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