Tonight I went to a presentation on South Africa by Larry Little at St. Antony's. After a potluck dinner, Larry showed us some of his photos from his trip to South Africa recently and described the political climate he found. Larry is a lawyer specializing in mediation, and naturally curious about South Africa. His daughter Liz contrasted his descriptions with her experiences in the Peace Corps a few years ago in Mali.
The question that came up in the discussion was, "Can South Africa survive in the post-Mandela era?" The amazing changes that took place under Nelson Mandel have been eroded by corrupt government and continuing inequity and violence. Larry showed us a charming video of his friends' kids playing in the backyard...and then pointed out the wall that surrounded the yard, making into a defensive compound. His conclusion is that South Africa will have to raise up a leader who can move their country forward into progress.