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Dare not linger : the presidential years
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Dare not linger : the presidential years
1 volume (xix, 359 pages, [24] pages de pl.) : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Preface ; Chapter One. The challenge of freedom ; Chapter Two. Negotiating democracy ; Chapter Three. A free and fair election ; Chapter Four. Getting into the union buildings ; Chapter Five. National unity ; Chapter Six. The presidency and the Constitution ; Chapter Seven. Parliament ; Chapter Eight. Traditional leadership and democracy ; Chapter Nine. Transformation of the state ; Chapter Ten. Reconciliation ; Chapter Eleven. Social and economic transformation ; Chapter Twelve. Negotiating the media ; Chapter Thirteen. On the African and world stages ; Epilogue
'I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.' Long Walk to Freedom. In 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first president of democratic South Africa. Five years later, he stood down. In that time, he and his government wrought the most extraordinary transformation, turning a nation riven by centuries of colonialism and apartheid into a fully functioning democracy in which all South Africa's citizens, black and white, were equal before the law. Dare Not Linger is the story of Mandela's presidential years, drawing heavily on the memoir he began to write as he prepared to finish his term of office, but was unable to finish. Now, the acclaimed South African writer, Mandla Langa, has completed the task using Mandela's unfinished draft, detailed notes that Mandela made as events were unfolding and a wealth of previously unseen archival material. With a prologue by Mandela's widow, Graca Machel, the result is a vivid and inspirational account of Mandela's presidency, a country in flux and the creation of a new democracy. It tells the extraordinary story of the transition from decades of apartheid rule and the challenges Mandela overcome to make a reality of his cherished vision for a liberated South Africa
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