South Africa is in crisis. In truth, we have been in crisis for decades. What we have witnessed in the past week is the explosion of a socioeconomic bomb that we all knew was ticking. It was detonated by opportunists aligned to former president Jacob Zuma, but was powerfully effective due to underlying and unresolved social fault lines.
What we are watching is the beginning of the end for the ANC, a failing liberation movement that has shown itself to be incapable of dealing with unemployment, inequality, poverty, healthcare and policing. Each of these shortcomings has been chronic and affirmed by various reports – Stats SA, Amnesty International, the Farlam commission on Marikana and the multiple admissions of a mismanaged security cluster at the Zondo commission of inquiry.