THE scenes in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, the epicentre of looting and burning of property, took me back 27 years to the beginning of March 1994 – 44 days before South Africa’s historic elections. President Lucas Mangope invited the civil servants to an address at the Mmabatho Convention Centre. We anticipated an announcement that he would participate in the elections.
When he rejected this, a number of us stormed out of the centre. The following week Professor (Akiiki John) Kahimbaara and I had a scheduled training session at the Human Sciences Research Council in Pretoria.
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