EDITORIAL | SA’s democracy is haunted by the spectre of discarded tragedies
The inexplicable fact that, five years on, no-one has been charged for the Life Esidimeni tragedy is a case in point
“As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest,” are the words, uttered in 2005 by late president Nelson Mandela, which are etched on London’s Trafalgar Square.
For decades his poignant wisdom has been quoted in school essays, painted on posters during rallies in the pursuit of equality and justice and fired up hope in communities broken down by violence and upheaval.
While tens of thousands soaked up his spirit of ubuntu and his example to embrace transformation in the nation when they celebrated his birthday on Sunday, there are countless others who are disillusioned about the South African dream to put an end to poverty and injustice, 27 years into democracy. ..