AUTHOR: Njabulo S Ndebele
PUBLISHER: Sunday Times
DATE: 25 September 2011

DESCRIPTION: The public space in South Africa today reflects a society in a state of critical disorientation. The word “disorientation” implies that, as a country, we – particularly those once oppressed – had a shared knowledge of, and solemn commitment to, the nature of the democracy and society we established as the outcome of our votes in 1994. The spirit and letter of that consensus are captured in the South African constitution. But that sense of consensus appears to be fracturing. Further, there was a profound understanding that those once oppressed were custodians of our constitutional vision, that they would lead in the pursuit of that vision and that they would provide the future of South Africa with leadership on behalf of, and to the benefit of, all.

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