South Africa after Mandela: The Legacy and the Reality | Wilson Center

South Africa after Mandela: The Legacy and the Reality

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Nelson Mandela was one of the most respected political leaders the world has seen for a reason: he helped take South Africa through a remarkable period encompassing the end of apartheid and the first democratic election. How is the country moving ahead in the post-Mandela era? What is his legacy for reconciliation, democracy, the rule of law through a strong constitution? And what will become of the ANC now that its great generation is passing from the stage?

In this Ground Truth Briefing, Africa experts come together to discuss Mandela's life and legacy.

The Wilson Center series taps into the resources of former Center Scholars and Fellows who are on the ground in hot spots around the globe and can share their unique viewpoints. This on the record briefing was by invitation only.


  • Peter Soal

    Former Deputy Director, Department of Foreign Affairs, UN Security Council Affairs, Government of South Africa
  • Trevor Manuel

    Minister in The Presidency, National Planning Commission and former Minister of Finance of the Republic of South Africa
  • Mr. Francis A. Kornegay Jr.

    Global Fellow
    Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Global Dialogue, South Africa
  • Steve McDonald

    Former Director, Africa Program, Woodrow Wilson Center