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Stephen Lewis on South Africa after Mandela

     The national and international public outpouring of grief, and of admiration for Nelson Mandela, culminated on Sunday, with his burial in his home village of Qunu.     Inspired and moved by his story, his ideas, his example, the world stopped all week and  paid homage.     That was the easy part....
    The national and international public outpouring of grief, and of admiration for Nelson Mandela, culminated on Sunday, with his burial in his home village of Qunu.
    Inspired and moved by his story, his ideas, his example, the world stopped all week and  paid homage.
    That was the easy part.

    The South Africa that buried the great man this morning is, in many ways, a dream unrealized. Official apartheid is gone. The country is a democracy. But it is plagued by corruption, crime and enormous economic disparities.
      There are very tough struggles ahead, with no Mandela to turn to.
      Stephen Lewis was Canada's UN ambassador in the 1980's, deputy director of UNICEF in the 90's, and was UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from 2001 to 2006, and he spoke to Michael after the state funeral.

  (As part of their conversation, Michael and Stephen Lewis talk about the novel  Cry, the Beloved Country, by  Alan Paton.)


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