Living with the lessons learnt - STAR 24 May 2011

By Nkosikhulule Nyembezi. We need to use what we've gained from these elections to fill the gap between the haves and the have-nots. THERE is a handful of important lessons that we can pick up from Wednesday's elections.

One of them is about the unwavering commitment of South Africans to continue building a united and democratic nation that is able to take its rightful place as a sovereign state in the family of nations. In South Africa, where the right to vote by all was achieved only 17 years ago, elec-tions tend to measure more than they would in a mature democracy. The culture of holding regular elections  remains a crucial goal that has, in part, determined the extent to which our resolve to consolidate democracy is taking place. 

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