Jabulani Sikhakhane | SA needs political boldness to raise hopes, or face the people's anger

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Jabulani Sikhakhane. (Supplied)
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South Africa faces a stark choice: it either raises the hopes of its majority citizens, especially the poor and marginalised, about a brighter tomorrow, or it watches as the majority become angrier, fuelling greater sociopolitical polarisation.

That much is clear from a paper published this month by the US-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town. The paper, South Africa: When Strong Institutions and Massive Inequalities Collide, is authored  by the school’s Brian Levy, Alan Hirsch, Vinothan Naidoo, and Musa Nxele. They conclude that "muddling through, without addressing festering imbalances, can fuel disillusion" and cannot continue indefinitely

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