The “Rainbow nation” seems to have revealed all its ugly stripes over the past few years: a rise in incidents of racism, tribalism, xenophobia, factionalism and continued high levels of gender-based violence.
Nelson Mandela was South Africa’s first Messiah…almost everything he did was inevitably positive. The economy grew, rainbows were believed in, the national football team Bafana Bafana were football champions
Angola’s Lourenço, Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa and South Africa’s Ramaphosa all made star turns at last week’s World Economic Forum in Davos, visibly signalling re-entry into the global community.
Ramaphosa, is “uber wealthy”, so wealthy in fact, the chairman of the ruling ANC said, that he doesn’t need to steal from the state.
Will Zuma stand down as president of the country if the party asked him, as Mbeki did? Unlikely. Mbeki had no reason to fear the consequences of leaving office. Zuma, on the other hand, has numerous reasons to cling to power.
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