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Monday, August 22, 2016

Is South Africa a "failed state"

From http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/election_01.shtml on Feb 17, 2011:

"Between 1940 and 1945 Winston Churchill was probably the most popular British prime minister of all time. In May 1945 his approval rating in the opinion polls, which had never fallen below 78 percent, stood at 83 percent. With few exceptions, politicians and commentators confidently predicted that he would lead the Conservatives to victory at the forthcoming general election.

In the event, he led them to one of their greatest ever defeats. It was also one for which he was partly responsible, because the very qualities that had made him a great leader in war were ill-suited to domestic politics in peacetime."

Is it possible that a liberation movement in 2016, 22 years after the end of "a war", could find itself in the same position as Winston Churchill found himself in 1945?

Nelson Mandela knew how to make the transition from war to peace, and from tribal leadership to democratic politics, but his party have not heeded (t)his lesson and so they find themselves losing the very thing that they strove for for almost 100 years.

I try to stay away from politics and so ask that the political commentators write some essays on what has happened to Africa's liberation movements, and why in many cases, they have failed to live up to their peoples' expectations. I'm sure that this can be done in a trusting way and without attacking any individual or agenda.

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