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Professor’s Book Explores Democracy in South Africa


Twenty years ago, the world watched Nelson Mandela walk free from an apartheid prison in South Africa. His release helped reunite the fractured nation and turned the leader into an international Icon. USD professor J. Michael Williams ’92 (B.A.) traveled to South Africa a year after Mandela’s release.

“It was after that visit that I knew I wanted to study South African politics at some point in the future,” said Williams.

These days, South Africa remains in the news, in part due to the election of its controversial president, Jacob Zuma, as well as the looming advent of the 2010 World Cup. Of course, as the largest economy in the continent, many leaders have looked to South Africa to become a model for the rest of the region.

Since his visit, Williams has researched the nation extensively. His recently released book, “Chieftaincy, the State, and Democracy” focuses on political legitimacy in post-apartheid South Africa and explores the relationship between the more than 2,000 tribal chiefs and the South African Government.  (Full Story Inside USD)

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