Présentation de l'éditeur
Despite its divisions and inequalities, Mandela united the nation, defusing tensions and avoiding a potential civil war.
But was he unique? Can the heirs to his leadership build on his legacy - or will the country edge back towards chaos?
In 'The Mandela Legacy', the BBC's Africa expert Martin Plaut examines the wisdom and vision of the leadership of South Africa today - and what the future holds for the country. Can such a wealthy and developed nation continue to be undermined by corruption and inequality? Can a fractious ANC hold itself and society together?
Will Mandela's ultimate legacy be a triumph - or a tragedy?
Drawing on years of reporting, Plaut shines a light upon a fascinating country at a crucial period of its history in an essay which encompasses economics, politics and investigative journalism
Born in South Africa in May 1950, Martin Plaut received his first degree in
Social Science from the University of Cape Town, and an Honours degree in
Industrial Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand, before going
on to do an MA at the University of Warwick.
In 1978 he worked for a year as an Industrial Relations adviser to Mobil Oil
before joining the British Labour Party as adviser on Africa and the Middle
East. In 1984 he joined the BBC, working primarily on Africa. He is
currently Africa Editor, BBC World Service News. He has reported from most
of East Africa, as well as some parts of West Africa, and specialises in the
Horn of Africa and Southern Africa. He is currently Africa editor, BBC World
For two years he was an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of
International Affairs, leading their Africa research programme and continues
to be an active member.
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