I remember when the idea of a democratic government in South Africa was a major plot point in a science fiction story, apparently by the beginning of the 21st century, South Africa wouldn't be ruled by race, but by democracy.
And SF became fact. Nelson Mandela led South Africa into freedom. Not from without, but from within. That is how a free country is made. It isn't imposed, it grows. The CBC teevee has a two hour biography of Nelson Mandela tonight.
Featuring interviews with Nobel Prize Winners Nadine Gordimer and F.W. De Klerk; Robben Island co-prisoners Ahmed Kathrada, Mac Maharaj and Tokyo Sexwale; Mandela biographers Alister Sparks, Anthony Sampson and Charlene Smith; and Mandela's friends and family, MADIBA:THE LIFE AND TIMES OF NELSON MANDELA reveals a story unknown to the world beyond his inner circle. Mandela talks of his love of children, how apartheid affected him, facing the death sentence, how he survived prison, won over his enemies, and overcame prejudice. He also speaks about the pain of his marriage to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, with whom he had two daughters. In an interview, Winnie talks about her first meeting with Mandela, the last time they were home together, and how she survived torture and scandal.
I bought my single, but I still haven't got my free nelson mandala. By the way, Nelson sez this democracy thing, you might want to look into actually using it.