merten-crs-final-qa-1600x694President Nelson Mandela had the right idea in 1994 when he put together a Government of National Unity to pull South Africa back from the brink after decades of conflict. Perhaps this is an idea whose time has come, again, in 2019? As we reflect on what 25 years of our democracy means, I have been doing research on the first national election, especially seeing that the sentiment of these elections is vastly different, understandably, from the first. My research took a detour when my attention was caught by a topic that has not been discussed extensively (well at least not in my education and circles) the 1994 Government of National Unity (GNU) which was established and headed by Nelson Mandela as president, with Thabo Mbeki and FW de Klerk as his deputy presidents. Quite significantly Mandela’s Cabinet included ministers not only from the ANC, but also from the National Party (NP) and Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)…..more