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Chandler Skinner - 2B

South Africa Essay


Nelson Mandela was a world renowned figure for ending apartheid in South Africa. He
spent twenty-seven years in prison for fighting in what he believed in. Over all of that time he
never lost hope in his vision of a desegregated South Africa. After he was freed, he made his
vision come true and ended apartheid rule. Now, after his death the desegregation has continued;
nevertheless, the poor governmental rule in South Africa may fall back to the apartheid era
politics. Even so, there are a number of factors that could stop that from happening.
The twenty years that have gone by after the desegregation of the population has built a
generation with no memory of apartheid. This is the generation that will lead the government in
the future. When they do lead, there will be little to no fear of segregation coming back.
Moreover, the current government leaders may have plans to try and bring back apartheid.
Though, this will likely be thwarted by that future generation that is free of those memories of
oppression.
Not only will the future generation try and stop the election of someone trying to reenact
apartheid, the population is 79% black African (2001 census). The Republic of South Africa has
had a majority rule government since 1994 and suffrage is universal at the age of 18. So, the
estimated 23 million black Africans over the age of 18 could vote against the pro-apartheid
candidate. That hypothetical election would result in about 20% of the vote for the candidate.
In conclusion, Nelson Mandela did amazing work creating a country free of oppression
for the black Africans in South Africa. There is a small chance that someone might come along
and reverse everything Mandela worked for. However, this change would most likely be

thwarted either by the free-minded individuals born after apartheid ended or the immense
population of free black Africans in an election. So, in the end there is virtually no chance of the
apartheid rule returning to power.

Other Works Citied


South Africa. The World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency, 24 February 2014. Web. 2
March 2014.