We all need a touchstone. Until the world of political leadership is populated—not even totally, but simply in the main—by leaders with a genuine love of humanity, demonstrable in their actions, the world cannot quite let Nelson Mandela go. The dance is anything but over.
—Wole Soyinka, Transition 116
December marks a year since the passing of Nelson Mandela—a man who was as much myth as flesh and blood. Transition 116 pays tribute to Mandela’s worldly attainments and to his otherworldly sainthood. This issue assembles Mandela’s staunchest allies—for whom he approached saintliness—as well as his most entrenched critics.
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