As the end of apartheid neared, its stalwart supporters remained terrified that black South Africans could not govern or coexist with whites.
While non-whites were confined to squalid ghettoes with few decent educational and employment opportunities, whites were afforded the basic privileges of life in a democracy.
September 10, South Africa after 10 years of freedom — Lesson Plan By Joanne Dufour, classroom teacher, teacher trainer, curriculum developer and educational consultant to the United Nations and Newsweek Educational Division.
While they have gained political rights, many black South Africans still face poverty and inequality.
Nevertheless, Mandela will be remembered for his personal dedication to healing the nation's wounds after the downfall of a regime as brutal and entrenched as apartheid. Rather than seeking revenge for decades of oppression, Mandela and his administration pursued a policy to smooth the transition from apartheid to multiracial democracy.
While in prison, Mandela and other political prisoners engaged in many political debates and discussion. Apartheid laws were repealed inan interim constitution passed in and a final one inthe first full-suffrage elections were held in The laborious dismantling of institutions, habits, and behaviors associated with white rule continues today.
In JuneDavid Zucchino, a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, spoke with a white South African who expressed such concerns: [Johan] Fuhri, a stolid rancher who traces his South African ancestors toknows in his Afrikaner heart that de Klerk has violated the cardinal rule of his nation and his people: Black and white shall remain forever apart.