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If you come from another African country, you can never become fully South African

The violence strikes at what is at the heart of post-apartheid South African identity. For all the talk of hospitality and “ubuntu,” xenophobic violence is a reflection of how the ruling ANC and most South Africans understand the boundaries of “South African-ness.”

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Op-Ed: What would Mandela do? Some thoughts on moving beyond anger and rhetoric

Daily Maverick correspondent Marianne Thamm recalls Mandela’s lessons and reminds South Africa about the importance of remaining united.

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South Africa vote could expose faltering ANC grip

May19

South Africans on Wednesday voted in municipal elections in which squalid, open toilets built for the poor have become a potent symbol of local government neglect nearly 20 years after apartheid ended. Results are expected to trickle in from late Wednesday night with the final outcome only due on Friday.

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An armchair guide to SA’s foreign policy challenges

If the heart of foreign policy is its vision then a cardiogram of South Africa’s post-apartheid foreign policy would start with some fairly lively scratches: Nelson Mandela’s lofty but somewhat naive vision of external relations conducted with human rights foremost in mind moves to the racy peaks of Thabo Mbeki’s ag gressively pursued vision of a united Africa taking its rightful place in the global order, followed by the gentler rhythms of Zuma’s administration, which is in many respects a carry over of Mbeki’s vision, but more carefully driven.

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