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Cautious optimism as Afrikaners face future without Mandela

Source: Reuters - Sun, 8 Dec 2013 23:28 PM
Author: Reuters
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A non-stop flow of mourners celebrate Nelson Mandela's life outside his home in an affluent suburb of Johannesburg.

A very different scene at a housing project in the city built for white Afrikaners in the 1930s.

Here there is uncertainty. Some fear what the state of play will be going forward in a country with a painful history of racial divisions.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) RESIDENT RONALD HALTANGH, SAYING:

"People say the day Mandela dies the war is coming so we wait and see."

Others are more hopeful of Mandela's legacy.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) RESIDENT SANDRA BATHA, SAYING:

"At the end of the day we should listen to what Mandela taught us. And he was like always letting us join together and not being racist. And we must take that example. And people must take that example all over and just try and follow it."

For now, the country is still in mourning, with a future that may or may not reflect the past.

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