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The political ‘instrumentalisation of disorder’

17 February 2014, 10:22
What it simply means is that-the profit to be found in the weak institutionalisation of political practices. This occurs the moment when the state falls prey to particularistic and factional struggles, more like tug of war kind of activity. I always find it disturbing when a country like ours, with its rainbow nation character, fails to even try to create a modern kind of a state. What really are we lacking? One thing has always stood out for me, it seems like it has never been in the interest of the South African ruling political elites to work for the proper institutionalization of the state apparatus. Or to make it more clearer, it is always useful when it(the state) is less institutionalized. That way one can always get away without having to account for any ill-behaviour or act. Hence, our country seems unable to sustain economic growth, because for the ruling elites good governance is when ties are formed and nurtured with certain individuals, groups, businesses from particular societies. In-turn, they spend most of their time in office busy nourishing these ties and neglecting the greater good of the country. They even coined “ it is cold outside the ANC”. So, the very weakness and inefficiency of the state is profitable to the ruling political elites. Hence, today there is a development of political machines and consolidation of clientelistic networks within the formal political apparatus. This is so because it benefits the few political ruling elites.After thinking out so loud, it is only proper for me to end by answering my self through a question:Why should the ruling political elites dismantle a political system which serves them so well? 
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