Andrew Feinstein, author of After The Party: Corruption, the ANC and South Africa’s Uncertain Future, in the New Statesman on the challenges facing South Africa after the World Cup:
This will be South Africa’s second World Cup. The first was much smaller than the impending football jamboree. But the 1995 Rugby World Cup was an extraordinary affirmation of the country’s recent transition to democracy, celebrated joyously with the host nation’s victory. More important than the result was the masterful moment of reconciliation politics in which Nelson Mandela appeared in the shirt of the South African captain François Pienaar, acknowledging that the newly empowered majority had embraced the game of apartheid, that we were now “one nation, one team”. This was the apex of “rainbow nation” symbolism, a new democracy brimming with hope and promise. The country that will host the 2010 Fifa World Cup has lost this illusory lustre.
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Andrew Feinstein is a former ANC member of parliament. He has written regularly for the Guardian and the New York Times, among others, and is a regular commentator on the BBC, Sky News, Al Jazeera and CNN. He is currently writing a book on the global arms trade. An updated paperback edition of his book After the Party: Corruption, the ANC and South Africa’s Uncertain Future is out now.