SA’s collective IQ lowered, says Matshiqi

2010-04-22 13:23

South Africa is in a state of “hysterical pessimism”, independent

political analyst Aubrey Matshiqi has said.

This “hysterical pessimism” had arisen after controversial ANC

Youth League leader Julius Malema had sung a song about “killing the farmer” and

after Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging leader Eugene Terre’Blanche was killed on his

Ventersdorp farm, Matshiqi said.

He was addressing a conference hosted by the Bureau of Economic

Research of the University of Stellenbosch held in Sandton, Johannesburg


Matshiqi said the state of mind of South Africans “lowers our

collective IQ and compromises our ability to reason”.

Even seemingly sensible people had been gripped by the


Matshiqi said: “At such moments it is better for us to pause and

reflect. Let’s strike while the iron is cold, not hot.”

He said the lesson of the past few weeks had been that

reconciliation had been dealt a setback: “But this doesn’t mean that there is no

reconciliation. It still exists.”

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