Mad at Mandela | Sisonke Msimang | TEDxSoweto

Writer, activist and opinion-maker Sisonke Msimang shares thoughts on how she finds herself wondering, given the number of recent violent and racist incidents that have taken place in South Africa, if Nelson Mandela’s chosen path of reconciliation and forgiveness over redistribution and justice was at all helpful.

Sisonke Msimang is director of advocacy and accountability at Sonke Gender Justice and writes a column in South Africa’s Daily Maverick online newspaper. She is also one of thirteen select Aspen Institute New Voices fellows.

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