South Africa: The End of a DreamCurrent Affairs, Culture, Politics|2018|58:39|M
As the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth approaches, the Rainbow nation seems to be in disarray. More than half the population live below the poverty line. The ANC is rife with corruption. White people still hold the wealth, leaving the black majority with little hope for social advancement. But whilst economic power is largely still in the hands of the white elites, black middle and upper classes have emerged. The effect on the poorly educated white working class has been disastrous. Around 80 slums have appeared which look just like the black townships but consist solely of white communities. We meet the racist political parties who fuel the hatred. The EFF advocate forcefully taking land back from white people and their leader, Julius Malema, is now the country’s most popular politician. 72 white farmers were murdered in 2017, often brutally. Nicci Simpson tells the story of the violent assault she suffered a few months ago. She was tortured for hours in her own home, and left for dead by her attackers. Hatred between communities, racially-motivated violence… is the Rainbow nation under threat?