South Africa is on the brink of collapse

South Africa is on the brink of collapse. By Cameron Stewart.

More than 25 years since its first democratic election, South Africa is moving ever closer to the status of a failed state. The ruling ANC, which has been the dominant party since liberation, is riddled with corruption and bears little ­resemblance to the party of high principles and lofty goals that Mandela once led. …

South Africa’s economy last year shrank by 7 per cent and unemployment is now at a staggering 45 per cent, the highest on a global list of 82 countries monitored by Bloomberg.

After a quarter of a century of democratic rule, more than half of South Africa’s 60 million people live in abject poverty.

Earlier this year, the jailing of corrupt former president Jacob Zuma for 15 months on contempt of court charges sparked the worst street violence in a generation, claiming 354 lives and destroying thousands of businesses. …

President Zuma — seen here having difficulty with numeracy — also called for confiscation of white land without compensation

The rot really set in under former Mandela ally Zuma, whose reign as president from 2009 to 2018 was an unmitigated disaster.

Zuma was a charismatic populist who exploited the country’s political, racial and ethnic divides and who was accused of widespread corruption, bribery and even rape across the course of his long political career. As The Economist magazine put it, under Zuma “government came to resemble an organised crime gang”.

The incumbent President and ANC leader, Cyril Ramaphosa, was elected on a platform to clean up the corruption that has now manifested itself across all layers of government in South Africa.

But little has changed, and with each year the public’s faith in the ANC is being eroded. The party led by Ramaphosa won 57 per cent of the vote in the 2019 national election, down from Zuma’s 62 per cent in the 2014 election. …

John McDermott, The Economist’s chief African correspondent, says the backlash against the ANC reflects a belief that the party is not providing basic services to ordinary South Africans. …

“The tragedy, as with much of modern democratic South Africa, is that far too often the needs of the ANC are put ahead of the needs of the whole country.” …

“Corruption is systemic and it involves not just senior politicians and departments of state and state-owned enterprises but it seeps down into the very lowest levels of government,” he says.

According to the World Bank, South Africa is now among the world’s most unequal countries.

The white population, which comprises 12 per cent, earns three times the average wage of the black population, which comprises 75 per cent of the country.

Cameron Stewart and The Economist are both notably PC.

Notice that they are careful not to mention the immutable characteristics of the people. Our PC masters forbid us thinking that, but isn’t South Africa post-apartheid going the way of every other country in that region yet another confirmation? So obvious, that only a highly educated PC virtue signaler would try to wiggle out if it. No wonder the MSM avoids talking about South Africa.