By MICHELLE ALLENBERG
A month after Nelson Mandela’s death many South Africans are hoping for political change.
As the news of Mandela’s death spread, people around the world expressed their sadness through Internet postings. Worldwide news analyzed the life of “the great Madiba.”
South Africans, despite religion, race and country of residence, mourn his death.
Natasha Kloppers, 26, living in Cape Town, said his death affected everyone. “I’ve never seen such grieving. An entire country. Pretty much everyone was crying on their way to work the next day.”
But how are things now for South Africans a month later?
Reshni Moodley, 25, from Durban, said, “There’s been no amazing turn-around, just a plateau.” Kloppers said people have gone back to living their lives. “Life goes on because it has to. He wouldn’t want us mourning for months.”
Moodley said that for a time after Mandela’s death, people’s “spirits were up,” but now a month later “spirits have dropped.”
Many worried about the emotional and political state of the country. Some talked about an uprising or an increase in violence, but neither of those happened. Kloppers said there was no “uprising” and laughs at the idea of this. “That was never going to happen. If you live here you’d realize a notion like that is ridiculous.”
Moodley notes not much changed and the “crime and violence haven’t gotten better or worse.”