30 years after apartheid, South Africa faces a rise in political violence. Fergal Keane explores the impact on hopes for a better nation.

In a key region, local councillor Thembinkosi Lombo was assassinated, leaving behind a family. His mother suspects internal rivalry within the ANC.

Over 20 councillors were killed in the past year, driven by power struggles and corruption.

The upcoming elections may escalate violence. The ANC Mayor acknowledges challenges but argues it takes time to undo a 300-year legacy.

Opposition figures like Chris Pappas are tackling corruption, but the fight is risky. As South Africa heads to elections, the nation’s future hangs in the balance, raising concerns about peace and progress. Adapted from a BBC report.

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