Race relations at a crossroads in Mandela's South Africa

South African cadets relax ahead of celebrations for 20th anniversary of Freedom day, which marks the end of Apartheid, in Pretoria on April 27, 2014 (AFP Photo/Marco Longari)

As a country that emerged from years of racial segregation, South Africa is often lauded for its reconciliation efforts, but cracks in the foundation of Nelson Mandela’s "Rainbow Nation" are starting to show.

In the 25 years since the late anti-apartheid hero’s release from prison on February 11, 1990, South Africa has had to confront the realities of its divided past.

It has not been easy, and race remains a dividing factor despite the efforts of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which sought to help heal the wounds.

Read more: Race relations at crossroads in Mandela's S.Africa – Yahoo News.

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