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The debt of sins past has set SA on a trajectory not unlike that of the apartheid regime

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SA has a duty to honour its debts, but are budget cuts to local governments not affecting efficient service delivery at local government level and thus disabling the state from fulfilling and promoting human rights? Picture: Tebogo Letsie
SA has a duty to honour its debts, but are budget cuts to local governments not affecting efficient service delivery at local government level and thus disabling the state from fulfilling and promoting human rights? Picture: Tebogo Letsie

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When Finance Minister Tito Mboweni compared the economic situation that South Africa is in now with what it was in 1994, he was basically telling us that we are back to the starting point of the constitutional journey we have been on for the past 26 years, only without the formalities of the apartheid system this time.

A new apartheid system has afflicted our republic and has set us back almost three decades. We are back to the situation under apartheid because the mismanagement of that regime collapsed the economy and led South Africa into a debt trap.

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