BlueBuddha, Scandinavians had some form of democratic governance beginning back in 9th century. I believe Iceland's Althing parliament is the oldest continuously functioning parliament in the world first convened in 965AD. And even during the height of vikings' maurauding raids they were making their decisions more or less collectively, with everyone's input, even the women folk. So it is not surprising that after 1,000 years of such political experience they have found a way to juggle democracy, economic justice and fair play.
The same cannot be said of most SA societies as they have a long and practically unbroken history
of nondemocratic rule
, chronyism and disregard for the opiions of the underclasses going back to colonial Spain
. And even a democratic country such as Costa Rica
can't rise above its 3rd world banana republic status. Never mind about the oligarchic Mexico
And US from its colonial times had benefited greatly from England's Magna Carta and subsequent Parliament being in existence for centuries already.
Very few countries in the world short on long term democratic experience (of which free and fair elections are certainly only one aspect) have managed any semblance of democracy. And each nation is entitled only to the government
it deserves. No more no less. When Venezuelans, Russians, Arabs, Africans, Chinese, etc. will decide to be under a different type of rule
they will build and adopt a different type of political system. Until then they wil have what they have.