What are the wider implications of the election results declared on Sunday? For a start, are there wider implications at all, given that these were state elections, in the normal course fought on local, provincial issues, and unrelated to something as abstract as the national mood?
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who passed away on Thursday, did not need the trappings of high office to command respect. Long before he became South Africaâ€™s first non-white President, elected through universal franchise in 1994, the man who had spent 27 years in prison had become a mythic figure, as J.M. Coetzee wrote in his essay, Waiting for Mandela (1986).