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The greatest potential deception intrinsic to the South African miracle may reside in the contested notion of reconciliation. "The ideology of reconciliation" may be a mask or political substitute for failure - or lack of political will - fundamentally to redress the structural factors that underpin violence and social conflict in South Africa. If such a failure indeed existed, reconciliation would promote new forms of social conflict - and possibly even increase the levels of violence. Such reconciliation would therefore flatter only to deceive - a Dr Jekyll covering for an ominous Mr Hyde. (excerpt)

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