JOHANNESBURG — They are called the born-frees; black South Africans born after Nelson Mandela became the country’s first democratically elected president after 27 years in jail. They were born free, after decades of racist rule, but for many of them Mandela’s dream of a rainbow nation has been a bitter disappointment; 24 years into South Africa’s democracy, more than half the population still lives in abject poverty. “It’s a myth, and you know we are bearing the brunt of that because we grew up with this fallacy of this new South Africa,” Johannesburg resident Jabu Simelane tells CBS News correspondent Debora Patta. “This place that is going to let us dream and be who we are, but now as young adults we are being blocked at every turn.” Simelane’s mother works as a cleaning lady in one of Johannesburg’s most affluent suburbs. He grew up in one tiny room, but found a way out thanks to an extraordinary act of generosity; his mother’s employer paid for him to get a decent education. Most people, he says, are not so lucky. Obama says we’re in “strange and uncertain times” in speech honoring Mandela “White people hold the power in South… Read full this story
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