Nelson Mandela, the former South Africa President, saluting the South African military health service band that came to play a specially composed march and happy birthday on his 85th birthday in Johannesburg, South Africa July 18, 2003. AFP/ ALEXANDER JOE

Despite spending 27 years in prison under white minority rule, Nelson Mandela called for reconciliation when he became South Africa’s first black president in 1994. He bridged, he forgave and rebuilt a country that had been destroyed by colour conflict for decades. Now with the passing of the nation’s father, what lies ahead for South Africa and her people? Join the conversation at 19:30 GMT.

In this episode of The Stream, we speak with:

Ebrahim Rasool
South African ambassador to the United States

Shaka Sisulu, @shakasisulu
ANC Member
Redi Tlhabi, @RediTlhabi
Journalist/TV-radio talk show host

Garret Barnwell, @gcbarnwell
South African citizen

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