But does the worldwide acclaim he is accorded signify victory – or does it mark Mandela's defeat?
The public still cannot read Thuli Madonsela's Nkandla report and the investigation into Arno Lamoer appears to have reached a standstill.
Was anyone listening when Nelson Mandela said South Africa would never return to an unjust system? It seems not.
How is it possible that South Africa is a better place now than in 1994, asks a disgruntled South African expatriate.
US civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson has called on young South Africans to go to school because their country was "free but not equal".
South Africa is anything but a caring democracy, Agang leader Mamphela Ramphele has said.
Access to justice for all, particularly the impecunious, is a central requirement of the constitutional idea that animates our democracy.
As the new year creakily gathers steam, press standards and regulation are under scrutiny in both South Africa and the United Kingdom.
A new social order needs to be based on a fully participatory democracy and selflessness, writes Jacklyn Cock.
According to an annual report, democracy around the world has been in decline for the seventh year in a row.
Dennis Davis finds much to applaud in former competition tribunal head David Lewis's book Thieves at the Table.
The state will betray its commitment to sustainable development if it fails to implement its policy, says Richard Calland.
Non-profit organisations are facing a serious funding crisis. It is the kind of crisis that has the potential to threaten SA's young democracy.
Comedian Pieter-Dirk Uys says South Africans could face a new system of oppression if they don't get more involved and hold government accountable.
How will historians remember 2011, the year that, according to satirists, has already used up the next decade's entire supply of news?
Swaziland's trade unions have vowed to continue peaceful protest aimed at pressuring the government to step down.
UNDP director for democratic governance Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi speaks to the M&G about democracy in Africa.
Can the poor and the middle classes open a path to change the country?
Burma's newly freed democracy icon, Aung San Suu Kyi, returned to work for the first time in years on Monday.