I conclude a book I published in 2016 with the following lines: “lastly, all South Africans should better understand the repulsive history of this beautiful but troubled country. Because we all have to co-exist, we have to find the means to live together and build a better future for our children. Is a new social pact, which many argue for, impossible? What should the beneficiaries of the colonial and apartheid regimes do differently? Will South Africa ever be a fully fledged nation?”
The book was an attempt to characterise South African society, inspired by the various analyses we had undertaken when we were in government.