'We keep on electing these people for romantic reasons'

Unpacking Nelson Mandela’s legacy in the context of South Africa today, callers share their thoughts on the negotiated settlement made decades ago at the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (Codesa).

Caller, Moodley says the agreement was not a sell out, but necessary for both economic reasons and for peace.

I like Mr Mandela's statement where he says South Africa belongs to all who live in it. That is a very important statement... I don't think there was any sell-out deal there, it was just a case of, for more importantly economic reasons to create some peace and harmony.

Moodley, 702 caller

Desmond from Cape Town says a settlement was necessary to avoid civil war and says the ANC should take accountability for the existing injustices and inequalities.

Now the ANC had the reigns, they had to put things in place but leaders were starting to elevate themselves instead of working on the people's problems. As a previously disadvantaged person, as a person that suffered under a group areas act twice.....

Desmond, 702 caller

I know the township life very well and they neglected it, and they do not want to take responsibility for it. What is happening now had its roots with Mbeki and we are to blame, we keep on electing these people for romantic reasons, for the struggle.

Desmond, 702 caller

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