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Question Time: Mugabe’s Madiba comments, 11 September 2017

Political Freedom in South Africa is under the spotlight.
This following Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s recent comments, saying the late former President Nelson Mandela left whites with everything. There are varying opinions of whether the multi-party talks at the Convention for a Democratic South Africa, achieved the intended objective. Given the volatile political climate at the time, the Talks experienced vehement opposition by some right-wing groups, which posed a threat to participants. Due to the success of CODESA One, a follow up known as CODESA Two was held. The Declaration of Intent signed by most political parties is hailed as a milestone agreement, which showed commitment to a united country. It is important to note that the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania and AZAPO boycotted the talks. Twenty-three years into democracy though, the widening gap between the rich and poor, lack of access to land and economic resources continue to pose a challenge to the ANC-led government. Last month Stats SA reported that three out of five black South Africans are languishing in poverty.

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