SA can inspire the world without kowtowing to criminals

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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who was allowed to leave SA in defiance of a high court ruling that he be arrested for war crime charges laid by the ICC. (Gianluigi Guercia, AFP)
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who was allowed to leave SA in defiance of a high court ruling that he be arrested for war crime charges laid by the ICC. (Gianluigi Guercia, AFP)

MUCH has already been said about South Africa in 2016, and this continues as I write this new piece. Many South Africans and others in the diaspora are still trying to recover from what has been happening inside and to the one country in Africa they had hoped would be the one to shine a much-needed torch and lead in Africa and the world.

Looking back at 2016, it is almost as if the country – at least the growing part of it that is opposed to state capture and related iniquities - is now in desperate need of collective post-traumatic stress counselling. But this would help only if the reasons for the collective stress had been dealt with; taken out of our system for good. Sadly, they persist. The cancer has not left the system yet.

Now, some analysts have begun telling us that we were dreaming, in the first place, to think that South Africa would be different. They tell us that it was just a matter of time before artificial Western pretences would fall away in the face of an onslaught by what it really means to be a country run by Africans in Africa. 

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