Mark Gevisser, Journalist and Author | April 20, 2009
As South Africa prepares to go to the polls this week, it is clear if the country is going to turn into a mature, liberal democracy, it needs a strong opposition rooted in the nation's black majority. ++ Although still small, new opposition parties have been formed. ++ This week a symbolically significant number of black voters will be leaving the incumbent ANC for the first time. ++ This is the beginning of a "necessary realignment that must, eventually, see the end of the ANC's de facto one-party state" if the country is to grow and thrive.