The first section of this report highlighted the key questions which served as the basis for the development of this study. The study was aimed at answering the question: is reconciliation a reality or still an idea in South Africa. The second section of this report gave a brief summary on the origin of the Day of Reconciliation and the purpose it served or was meant to serve in the South African society. Understanding the initial purpose of reconciliation and the ground it stands on created an environment that allowed critical analysis of the current situation in South Africa.
There is sufficient evidence that there are lots of unresolved issues rooted in the Apartheid era that still exist and negatively impacting on the country’s economic progress. As a result, it has become more difficult than it should for the state to develop, adopt and enforce policies grounded on the principles of democracy. From among the non-white community there are still people who cannot let go of the hardships that they have endured in the past making it almost impossible for democracy to have its way and prevail in South Africa. However, this research reveals that it is not only the non-white community that is still holding on to the past; but there are also White people whose hearts and minds are still stuck in the times past. Thus, as long as South Africans still see each other on the basis of color, creed and norms it shall not live reconciliation and actualize respect of humanity.
Directly or indirectly the current situation in South Africa has a greater influence on the manner in which people perceive the country’s political state irrespective of the generation they belong to. the midst of all this found are people who still blame it on Apartheid, others on the current ruling party’s leadership whilst some on conflicting individuals’ perspectives about what is politically right or wrong.
From this study, it can be established that the country’s transition from the Apartheid government to democracy was not celebrated neither by all who were oppressed and marginalized or the white government. This is one of the reasons why South Africa is still struggling to put in place an effective structure to enforce policies that promote national unity and for people to adhere to them regardless of what happened in the past. For this cause, the ground on which the “South African kind of democracy” stands is questionable and can easily be shaken. Another question that arises from this is: was democracy something that both whites and non- whites considered a solution or it was one’s idea to avoid further destruction and opposition from the oppressed or the oppressor? If the motive behind the transition was based on wrong grounds then whatever is built on it will not stand.
All these things created a platform for many to start questioning the reality of democracy in the country. In actual fact, they serve as evidence that South Africa is more of a democratic country on papers and not in the reality of things. Concluding question; was reconciliation through transition from Apartheid to Democracy a common goal that every South African wanted to achieve or it was just one man’s dream to save a nation that wanted revenge?
If it was a South African dream then how is it that there are still people who want to go back to what they were saved from? But if it was one man’s dream then it becomes easy to understand that Reconciliation was forced into people who wanted to revenge – there will be rebellion.CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za.