Nelson Mandela's presidency in 1994 inaugurated democracy in South Africa. Using a historical lens, this course will explore the promises, possibilities, and disappointments of the democratic era. In what ways has the 1994 election slogan 'A better life for all' come to pass? Why and in what ways has the new political elite fallen short in delivering on its promises? How have segments of the public sought to impose accountability and restitution on new democratic governments, as well as on the long-standing titans of industry?