What are the challenges of leading South Africa after the apartheid?

We are learning in class about the apartheid, and I just came up with this question while thinking about it. I realize that it was difficult for Nelson Mandela to rule, because the whites were expecting the worst from him, and harbored a lot of resentment, but what else caused much difficulty? I'm just curious ... Thanks! Helen - I just saw the movie Invictus with our class, and it seemed that the whites were pretty bitter towards Mandela ... But I guess that was just my perception (and the movie's) and not reality ..

Asked By: Tennisbabe12345 - 1/10/2010
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Yikes, I'm not sure where you get that idea from. I think 99% of the whites were pro Nelson Mandela and very enthusiastic about the demise of apartheid. The immediate concern was a peaceful transition which fortunately was generally the case. (There were some terrible incidents though such as the assassination of Chris... More
Answered By: Helen - 1/10/2010
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Surprisingly enough Nelson Mandela was widely supported by the white population. The main fear though, was that the black population would see this as a chance for revenge and that we could have seen a civil war break out between the races (but thanks to Mandela relations were kept friendly for the most part... More
Answered By: Sagitarius167 - 1/10/2010
Americans have been brainwashed into believing Mandela was this cuddly little man fighting for freedom when he was little more than a Communist terrorist and thug. Go and Google "truth about Nelson Mandela" and read about why he was imprisoned and the atrocities he approved from his Jail cell. Maybe you should... More
Answered By: B O - 1/11/2010
BO, let me a guess, a bitter, very old racist man who strongly believe apartheid is cool!! Tennisba I think it was difficult for everyone to adapt and live in harmony with one another, I mean if you are used to being served by a black person and suddenly you are led by a black man, it is going to be uncomfortable.
Answered By: Ntebo - 1/11/2010
People were certainly a bit nervous, but I think the majority of white people knew that change was necessary, and the rest, even the racists, accepted the change as inevitable. What foreigners don't realise is that white South Africans were indoctrinated by the government controlled media, so we didn't know any better... More
Answered By: Die Booswig - 1/11/2010
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