NEWS + ANALYSIS
GEORGE AYITTEY, PH.D.

NEWS + ANALYSIS

MANDELA’S UNFINISHED BUSINESS

December 17, 2013 | by George Ayittey, Ph.D.

Nelson Mandela was truly an African hero and leader – a man of indefatigable determination, steely courage, indomitable spirit, and unbending will. He endured great hardships and personal sacrifices to bring freedom to his people. Yet he had a heart big enough to forgive and reconcile with his tormentors and oppressors. He indeed will rest in peace. The contrast between Mandela and the other African leaders is like night and day. Mandela did not declare South Africa a one-party socialist state and himself president-for-life or emperor.He served only one term; other postcolonial leaders served 10, 20, 30 and even 40 years in office -- and then groomed their wives, sons, cats, dogs, and even goats to succeed them. The presidency is their family property.

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