Mandela did not make the decision to jettison Taiwan and recognise China. He adhered to a decision by the governing ANC.
The South African economy stands to benefit if the country's president steps aside because he has had a destructive economic impact.
All eyes are on the next move from President Jacob Zuma after he survived a bid from senior ANC colleagues to remove him. The fallout is expected to be focused on the economic cluster of government.
A revolt within the African National Congress against South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has reached new heights. He has survived, but the repercussions will be felt for some time to come.