Vusi Gumede | A bleak future is avoidable

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Residents of Mobeni and surrounding areas continued to loot the goods strewn across South Coast Road in Durban on Thursday Photo: Rosetta Msimango/City Press
Residents of Mobeni and surrounding areas continued to loot the goods strewn across South Coast Road in Durban on Thursday Photo: Rosetta Msimango/City Press

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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.

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