Political arrogance will sink us all

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President Jacob Zuma. (Jaco Marais, Die Burger)
President Jacob Zuma. (Jaco Marais, Die Burger)

RECENT and ongoing developments in South Africa provide us, day in and day out, with ample opportunities to witness the levels of political arrogance we’ve come to be bathed in by our leaders. And we’re all complicit in it.

To get here, it took only two decades of too many easy, predictable, electoral wins fueled by the blind trust of voters who, still traumatised by decades of evil apartheid rule, have been too willing to place all their fortunes in one cookie jar under the control of former liberators, the country’s post-apartheid political elites.

Just over twenty years ago, with many of them fresh from exile or having just been freed from inhumane apartheid jails, the freedom fighters integrated society driven by noble plans to turn ours into the most admired state in the history of post-colonial Africa. They even swore never to repeat mistakes made elsewhere on the continent.

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