Guyana without Mandela figure to bridge race divide -commemorative symposium hears

Guyana has yet to see a figure emerge to bridge its racial divide like late former President Nelson Mandela managed to do in South Africa.

“After 50 years of independence we are still a racially divided society. There is nobody who has emerged yet as a Mandela figure,” former ambassador Ronald Austin, who served in South Africa during the period of the liberation struggle, told the audience at a commemorative symposium on the life and works of Mandela, hosted by the Burnham Foundation at the Critchlow Labour College last Friday evening.

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