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Sunday, May 10, 2009

An Ode to Democracy in South Africa




















Once again South Africa has undergone an incident free democracy process. I salute all South Africans for doing the right thing and showing the world and the rest of Africa how democracy is practiced. Unlike certain first world countries over here we are still truely democratic and proud of it.

2 comments:

Pernilla said...

Dear Werner,

I've been a frequent reader of your blog, and I do find the stuff you write about in general quite interesting.

One thing I don't get, however, is yoru latest blog post, where you state 'Unlike certain first world countries over here we are still truely democratic and proud of it'.

I am Danish, and grew up in a 1st world country, and have spent the past 4 in East Africa - but I must say that I have absolutely no illusion that the 1st world democracy where I come from is functional or perfect. But neither is SA's.

To me democracy is not just about free, fair and non-violent elections, it is about what happens in between. Hence, in SA's case I do honestly find reason to doubt its way towards democracy - if you mean the kind of democracy the 1st world prefers to template it.

Best Greetings
Pernille in Tanzania

Werner K said...

Dear Pernilla

South Africa is not perfect and I would gladly accept Danish Democracy over here. My grandfather was Danish (Rasmussen). When I talk about certain first world countries I simply mean some are worse off than South Africa.

Are you satisfied with that answer or do you want me to name the countries?

Take care.