Transparent and credible elections are a milestone but there’s hard work ahead, writes Eusebius McKaiser.
If you set your expectations low enough in life, you will of course never be disappointed. It is tempting to say, “Well done us, for yet another set of elections done and dusted!” And yet we can, and should, do exactly that as a country.
Not because we didn’t kill each other, thereby setting the goal as low as avoiding large-scale violence, but because we actually held transparent and credible national and provincial elections.
These elections have proven that after 20 years of democracy, there need not be an inevitable slide back from the early gains of liberation.
We have entrenched democracy, and dispelled the post-colonial myth that democracy’s roots cannot find nurturing in the soils of the African continent.