A young girl plays next to the polluted Jukskei River in Alexandra, northern Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Perhaps nowhere in today's South Africa is the country's inequality on more dramatic display than in the neighboring Johannesburg suburbs of Sandton and Alexandra.Alexandra, a onetime home to Nelson Mandela, is a squalid, cramped and crime-infested black township.Angry protests flared in Alexandra last month, stoked in part by campaigning for Wednesday's national election but mostly by the frustration that South Africa should look far different than the country of haves and have-nots that it has become. South Africa's "disturbing" wealth inequality is even more striking than its income disparity, and it threatens democratic values, according to a committee that explored the idea of a wealth tax.Grievances like those cited by Manana are not limited to Alexandra but exist in many of South Africa's black townships, and Wednesday's election likely will reflect the weariness of asking again and again for change.While South Africa was famous for its long lines of voters in the first post-apartheid election 25 years ago, the sense of national apathy is an ominous sign for the ANC.
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