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Nhlanhla Ngcobobo, a street vendor who works a few steps from the Mandela Family Restaurant next to the former leader’s old home, said the ailing Mr. Mandela was a kind of psychological anchor for his compatriots. South Africa has held peaceful elections since 1994 and remains an economic powerhouse on the continent, but many worry that the sense of promise that Mr. Mandela represented in the early years of democracy is in peril.
“There’s a lot of corruption, and when Mandela dies, people will start feeling they can do what they like and corruption will be worse than it is,” Mr. Ngcobobo said. “By him being alive, there’s a lot more order.”
• Associated Press writer Wandoo Makurdi in Johannesburg contributed to this article.
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