It would be surprising if race played no part in South African elections.
An important consequence of a highly unequal distribution of wealth in society is the undermining of social, political and economic norms.
South Africans can still not celebrate freedom from want. They are painfully aware that one cannot eat democracy.
On the outskirts of Durban Deep, an abandoned mining town with a labyrinth of underground tunnels long since abandoned by the big gold companies, Elizabeth goes rhythmically about her work.
People were robbed at knifepoint while leaving a festival to celebrate Nelson Mandela.
They will face Nigeria on Saturday in the Ghanaian capital Accra.
Perceptions of good governance are becoming more important for the average South African voter.
Elba played the late South African president in the 2013 film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.