South Africa Facing Its Worst Crisis

South Africa

South Africa is facing its worst crisis. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) party’s capacity is going to be stretched to its outermost limits during 2016. It is also the year that municipal elections take place, which will determine if the the ANC can hold on to power. Within ANC factions, there are signs of revolt in at least three provinces. Violence is a natural feather of branch meetings in the Northwest province. The ANC is part of the macro dynamic system, and the problem with the ANC is that it is not moving with the current flow.

People are angry, frustrated, and annoyed that the government has ignored the plight of the poor for over 21 years.  The drought is so severe that food subsidies are needed to avoid famine, and imports are rising in an attempt to avoid starvation. The availability of water now and in the future looks bleak, and the management of the water system is ready to break the back of South Africa. The ongoing power issues are a primary threat in South Africa and, with the winter months rapidly approaching, could spell disaster.

There is no money for free university education. The student movement will have to accept this fact, or tertiary education will be doomed for another year. The recent student protests for free education are continuing, and there is no quick solution. Public education is a mess, and the government does not seem to have a solution or plan to resolve the ongoing shortage of textbooks. There is a lack of funding for employing competent teachers. What is the likely outcome of the standoff with university students?

The Rand continues to slide amid growth prospects. Investors continue to diversify into safer currencies and better operating areas. China continues to cut demand for South African commodities. Taxes were raised, causing poverty to increase. The situation is a real and growing tragedy urgently in need of better management. South Africa’s resources should not be reduced, despite external influences such as the Chinese market.

More mines are closing down, which is raising the unemployment rate, and there is no plan to create future jobs. People need grants from the government, but the money well is running dry. As a result, many are resorting to criminal activities in an attempt to survive. The government cannot handle the escalating crime that is becoming dangerous to South African citizens. Corruption and bribery are natural elements within the departments of government.

President Jacob Zuma has two serious cases to answer to around March 2016; the spy tapes saga and the rationality of the session to drop the 783 corruption charges. There is also the Economic Freedom Front (EFF) matter in the constitutional court regarding the money spent on the Nkandla homestead.

Is the ANC parasitic in a way and does the ruling party survive by feeding on the blood of the unsuspecting voters? Those who are fortunate enough to still be in managing positions should minimize the suffering of the poor and the unemployed. The ANC has nothing on the table to improve the situation on deteriorating fronts. There is nothing that appears to be the innovative, imaginative competency that South Africa needs. The ANC is going to come out of this brutally bruised.

Opinion by Laura Oneale
Source:
Marxist – South Africa:  The Crisis of the Zuma Presidency
Mail and Guardian – Zuma braces for battles on two fronts

Featured Photo Courtesy of Ian’s Flickr Page – Creative Commons License

24 Responses to "South Africa Facing Its Worst Crisis"

  1. Gerhard Spies   February 1, 2016 at 3:00 am

    Kevin, catch a wake up. Apartheid has been around for longer than you realise. Long before Dr. Verwoerd put a name to, which by the way was translated horribly wrong. You really sound like a 42carat plonker!

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    • Kevin   February 1, 2016 at 6:14 am

      Sure. That doesn’t change the fact that it happened here, in South Africa, until the 90s. Stop trying to justify Apartheid here by saying it happened elsewhere too. It happened here until quite recently and that’s the reality of this country. Pushing it under the carpet wouldn’t change that.

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  2. Kevin   January 28, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Wow, a leftover of Apartheid right here! Typical Apartheid mentality, if you don’t like what someone is saying, try and shut them up!

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  3. Kevin   January 28, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Er, I’d beg to differ. Between me and you, I’d say my comments are far more relevant. More likely that no one wants to hear your comment… Think about it…

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  4. sam30sam   January 27, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Wasn’t it one of the ANC’ officials who said ,…”they will rule ’till Jesus comes”, it reminds me of the beatles of yore, proclaiming….” we are even more popular than Jesus Christ” ….so ..the same fate will befall the ANC. They will diessapeer! into the history books. I hope I am wrong! because I voted for the ANC.

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  5. Andrew   January 26, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Kevin, what has Apartheid and Zim got to do with this article? People need to start seeing the ANC for what they are. The DA now needs to take over and lets see if they can improve things.

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  6. Kevin   January 24, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    I cannot believe that anyone, of any color, cannot see how similar Apartheid South Africa was to current day Zimbabwe. Farms and land was taken away by government and given away (or sold at minimum price) to their cronies (almost all being white). Infrastructure etc. only built for a privileged few with 70% of the country not having access to basic facilities like electricity and water. State spying on ordinary citizens. Walking around in the wrong area or at the wrong time being a crime (I mean like strolling on the beach was a crime!). Flirting with someone of a different race got you arrested or at least taken in (yes, seen it in person!). All of this even in the early 90s! Ok, so maybe it was worse than Zimbabwe. And more ridiculous if you think about it. But many don’t I guess… The ANC would have to do a billion times worse than this to compare with Apartheid. And I wouldn’t let them, been there done that, even got a t-shirt!

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  7. George Macdonald   January 24, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    as a nation we have survived much worse than what the anc is allegedly creating. Don’t underestimate the tenacity of the people of South Africa. We can rise against all of this and prevail. Once the ANC is gone we can start rebuilding and creating wealth yet again… wealth for all.

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  8. Don Clarke   January 23, 2016 at 3:21 am

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  9. neuterable   January 22, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Enjoy the Road to Zimbabwe.

    If you would like pictures of the people you burned alive during your bloodless coup, or photographs of the reason your best farmers are leaving for Eastern Europe, I would be happy to share them with you.

    Nothing, it’s What’s for Dinner.

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  10. Tshepo Francis   January 21, 2016 at 5:10 am

    Laura stop stressin asmblief ANC will solve this

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  11. Kevin   January 20, 2016 at 2:35 am

    Hi Jan,

    Thank you for your comment. I humbly request that you explain how you believe I am stuck in the past.

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  12. JanMakeba   January 19, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Ignis and Kevin, you both prove in your attitude towards each other what is wrong in our country and you both still stuck in the past.

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  13. Calvin   January 19, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Not sure where you all live, but as a South African living in South Africa, I must agree that we are in fact facing a very serious crisis.
    The past that is apartheid, is just that, the past.
    The vast majority of South Africans, of all races, were opposed to and demonstrated against apartheid, so putting race and apartheid issues aside nobody can ignore the current state of the nation;

    – water and electricity shortages
    – failing educational system
    – rising unemployment
    – rising crime
    – bleak economic outlook
    – inadequate financial and fiscal policies to stimulate growth
    – unchecked bribery and corruption
    – untouchable status of ANC politicians and “public servants”

    Tell me then at this rate, where will we be in 5, 10 or 15 years?
    What future is there for my children when they finish school in 17 years time?

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    • Kevin   January 19, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      Of course, we live in the present. But the past is what dictates our present. I believe it’s exactly because we continually ignore our past and hope that the injustices that existed due to our past will some right itself. It doesn’t work that way, life doesn’t work that way. All the things you’ve highlighted we know and have been complaining about for more than a hundred years for some of it. This is the South Africa we’ve always known and I don’t see how this is different or even comparable to the 80s for example where people were beaten for walking in the streets after 6pm. This is not a serious crisis only now. This has been a serious crisis for a long, long time.

      It’s only now that people start to get basic services, 20 years ago were the equivalent of what North Korea is now, with a very similar government to theirs and with most people living in the dark ages.

      The change that the country needs is a social change, we need to work through the issues of the past, not try and suppress them because that has never worked. And then we need to get rid of all the corruption in our country, including those politicians that are corrupt and those organisations that have benefited from corruption (Naspers, Sanlam, Anglo-American, ABSA are just a few of those). You cannot talk about corrupt politicians and not talk about those companies that pay them, that’s senseless. Looking at the arms deal for example, it could have been easily solved had we gone after the German company that paid politicians in the first place.

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  14. OneSidedArticle   January 18, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Also South Africa’s worst crisis ever lasted a good 80-100 years, it was apartheid.

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  15. Ignis   January 18, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Kevin please , the country has never been were it is now thousands of white farmers murdered each year. Goverment taking over land and all the corruption. This is the next zimbabwe and the problem is there is no repair to the maintanance problems caused by the anc. They fired all the people with the know how and years of expierience because they are white. And apointed people with out any knowledge what so ever. Its only gonne get worst and worst.

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    • Kevin   January 18, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      Ignis, do you even listen to yourself? ‘Thousands of white farmers murdered’? Even AfriForum does agree with your total, stating only 67 (yes, a lot but hardly thousands) in 2014! (http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/27-farm-murders-since-the-start-of-2015-20150702). This figure includes killings by rival farmers and family members (of which there have a few higher profile cases), includes killing of farmer workers (sometimes by AfriForum members themselves, I can provide you with cases if you want) and includes killings of Black, Coloured and Indian farmers (of which I know a few to be attacked in the last few years).

      Apartheid has already created the next Zimbabwe years ago. Why are you only talking about it now, after Apartheid has ended? We’ve been saying the same thing for more than a century, that what you’re talking about (i.e. being a racist) can only lead to your demise. Ultimately its your very attitude that will create or indeed has already created your problems. There is no one else to blame but yourself.

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  16. Dormiviglia   January 18, 2016 at 5:50 am

    @Kevin “But we’re still “doing better than we’ve done in the 80s for example”…absolute bull

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  17. Kevin   January 17, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Yes, South Africa does serious issues at the moment… But we’re still doing better than we’ve done in the 80s for example. So I wouldn’t say it’s the crisis the country has seen, not even close. We’ve seen far, far worse regimes and we’ve fought through that and survived.

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  18. Bruce   January 17, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Help bring whites out of that dump .They are being killed.

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  19. Leonie Booysen   January 17, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    I could not add anymore to what you have said. Thank you for this

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  20. Bruce   January 17, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Whites should leave that rotten place so the blacks starve .

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  21. Bastian Auser   January 17, 2016 at 5:37 am

    Lets repeated(for newcomers and specially inexperienced young people) what we have managed to learn withing past few days…

    — White people in South Africa may soon be jailed for having their own racial opinion or what is freedom of speech…. Therefore, Freedom of speech and freedom of thought to become criminalized under new South African laws… off course this would and will apply, as stated above, only to whites(from the beginning, there might be incident or two involving also blacks, but this is just to camouflage the truth about extended genocide against persecuted white minority in South Africa) !!!
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    — Without being racist, we wouldn’t even detect and react to colors, beauty, enemies, different species etc… nobody is more racist(selective) than nature alone !!! IT IS COMPLETELY NATURAL AND NORMAL TO BE RACIST !!!

    South Africa is a threat to the world !!! Threat to freedom of speech as well as to freedom of thought !!!

    WORLD…..BOYCOTT SOUTH AFRICA WHICH IS ALSO USING(SA’s main stream media does) PRESENT MINOR RACIAL ISSUES TO COVER UP ECONOMIC FAILURE AND PUMP UP RACISM AGAINST WHITE MINORITY(for the sake of ANC’s new elections) !!!

    IT IS MORE THAN OBVIOUS THAT SOUTH AFRICA(Rainbow nation) IS IN A DEADLY ECONOMIC SPIRAL !!!
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    — Can you imagine to live in a planet Apes country such as South Africa where as single use(incident) of word “kaffir” shakes entire country to the core !!?

    Overly sensitive !!? NOPE !!! BLACK SUPREMACY INSTEAD !!!
    LETS KEEP IN MIND OVER 90.000+ WHITE CORPSES(our people) WHICH ARE THE RESULT OF BLACK ETHNIC CLEANSING IN SOUTH AFRICA((not just killed, but often times cooked/burned alive…. talking about elderly and children as well) DURING JUST PAST 21 YEARS !!!
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    — Forget about job….job’s performance and other stuff related to jobs…. it has to do with something completely different !!! It really is political persecution of certain ethnic group and it seems to me that incidents are nothing else but well calculated provocations !!! Who knows how long our people are forcefully jobless as case is, more often than not, with our people in South Africa – all thanks to anti white laws such as BEE laws which are implemented to keep our people jobless….Living on verge of the existence just to be finally pushed over the edge(loose temperament) and be not only thrown out of work, but also life threatened….expelled and exiled to foreign countries(abroad)….
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    — ARE WHITES AS A MINORITY PROTECTED IN SOUTH AFRICA !!? NOPE !!! THEY ARE NOT !!! AND NOT ONLY THEY ARE NOT PROTECTED IN SOUTH AFRICA, BUT THEY ARE INSTEAD GENOCIDED(over 90.000 of them were already slaughtered and discriminatory BEE laws prevent them from employment in South Africa) !!!

    NOW LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION !!? WHY DO WE WHITES PROTECT NON WHITE MINORITIES IN COUNTRIES OF OUR OWN AND ON EVERY STEP OF THE WAY(organizations such as EEOC exist to boost their existence vs ours and this in our own countries) !!!!!!!!??????

    UNLIKE OUR WHITES IN SOUTH AFRICA WHO HAVE OFFICIALLY MINORITY STATUS, NON WHITES IN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES HAVE NONE, BUT DO ENJOY SPECIAL PROTECTION(this is known as non white privilege) !!! THIS IS KNOWN AS A BLACK OR NONWHITE PRIVILEDGE !!!

    #BLACKPRIVILEGEMUSTFALLALLOVERTHEWORLD !!! #BLACKSUPREMACYMUSTFALLALLOVERTHEWORLD !!! STOP THE WHITE GENOCIDE IN SOUTH AFRICA !!! STOP THE BLACK SUPREMACY !!!

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    News already reported, but lets repeat one for international audience….basically, ESKOM(famous load shedding electricity company in South Africa which is engaging in terrorism against persecuted white minority) which more often than not, doesn’t have enough electricity for own South African market(our white people in SA stay in the dark where can easily be attacked), is now exporting electricity to neighboring(impoverished) country called Zimbabwe(used to be rich Rhodesia, but there are no whites left there and country is as a result poorer than poor) where people eat rats for Christmas…..

    Eskom does this due to “humanitarian” reasons since whole world knows that money from Zimbabwe will never be paid for services(basically money thrown away is what it is)…..THIS NEWS IS YET ANOTHER FORM OF RACISM(derision of whites) AGAINST WHITES….BLACK SUPREMACY !!!

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