Living in a free SA 20 years on

2014-04-27 15:00

Apart from what the essays in the book conclude in their gauge on progress, there is an assertion that South Africa has made significant progress towards the attainment of a ­nonracial, nonsexist, democratic and prosperous society.

On nonracialism and national unity

In spite of South Africans’ occasional ­outbursts, and perceived and lived racial fissures, many ordinary people would agree that 20 years on, racism has been dismantled and replaced with progressive laws and programmes that encourage unity in diversity.

On nonsexism

While women are still the main victims of violence, the country has strong laws that protect women against discrimination. There are functioning labour laws that not only protect women, but promote their meaningful participation in the formal economy.

On democracy

South Africans now freely participate in the political life of the country without fear. An electoral system prioritising inclusivity and representation has ensured that even smaller political parties participate in the making of laws.

Towards a better life for all

More South Africans are now engaged in formal employment across all economic sectors. The share of formal employment for Africans in particular has sharply increased. In short, living in South Africa now cannot reasonably be compared to living in apartheid South Africa.

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