THE STUDY OF SOUTH AFRICA - Introduction SouthAfrica(SA) During the 2nd half of the 20th century its white minority government , oppression o Thediscove

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THE STUDY OF SOUTH AFRICA:  Introduction:  - South Africa (SA) is one of the world’s youngest democracies  - During   the   2 nd   half   of   the   20 th   century,   its   white   minority   government  systematically built a powerful, militarized state around institutions of racial  oppression o The discovery of minerals enabled the development of an industrial  economy,   which   thrust  Africans   and   the  descendants   of   European  settlers into close contact the country’s burgeoning urban areas  - Political   conflicts   thus   erupted   between   blacks,   who   provided   labor,   and  whites, who benefited from economic growth  o Because the old regime was dead set against political change until the  late 1980s, the struggle over apartheid (racial segregation) seemed  destined to end in a cataclysm of violence  - A bloodbath eventually appeared: political leaders from both sides, especially  Nelson   Mandela,   president   of   the   African   National   Congress   came   to  recognize   that   the   long-term   interests   of   South   Africa’s   deeply   divided  communities were inextricably intertwined  o The country hold an open election and installed the first democratic  government in 1994 
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Questions:-So   South   Africans   from   different   social   backgrounds   acknowledge   their interdependence? -Can the government redistribute wealth to blacks without inducing white flight? -Does the government have the capacity to deliver the benefits promised in SA’s expansive new constitution? 
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