AUTHOR: Njabulo S Ndebele
PUBLICATION: Fanie du Toit and Erik Doxtader, In the Balance: South Africans debate reconciliation. Johannesburg: Jacana Media.
DESCRIPTION: Fifteen years into our liberation from apartheid, it is indeed necessary for South Africans to reflect on their experience of being home, having arrived back in 1994. The sense of home is a complex experience made up of many facets of our varied private and social lives. One part of that experience involves the ability of the new democratic state to meet a variety of basic needs which the apartheid state deliberately ignored over decades of institutionalised discrimination. Against this background, the achievements of the new democratic state were spectacular…