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Doubling Down
The Battle for the Future of South Africa Intensifies
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  • ljgude

    As someone who watched Zimbabwe slide from a promising nation into a dysfunctional Chinese colony while making 200 Trillion Zimbabwe dollars (check eBay for the current value of the Zimbabwe 100 trillion dollar note) in the bargain this is all distressingly familiar. I recently spent a week with some Zimbabwean expatriate friendsand they were not optimistic about the future of South Africa. The only positive thing I can say is that Zuma may not be as hard to dislodge as Mugabe because Zuma is not the person who led the country to majority rule. South Africa clearly has stronger democratic institutions than Zimbabwe and over the years many have hoped that its press and civil society would see the country through. It now seems more likely that corruption of those institutions will prevail much as it has in the United States. 😉

    • Andrew Allison

      Is there a country in sub-Saharan Africa that has a hope in hell?

      • Tom

        Botswana. Maybe Kenya and Namibia.

        • Andrew Allison

          I’ll grant you Namibia, and maybe even Botswana, but Kenya? GMAB. The President not only inherited the position from his father, but is the richest man in the country.

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