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EXTRACT | Ebrahim Harvey's 'The Great Pretenders: Race and Class under ANC Rule'

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The cover of 'The Great Pretenders' (Supplied)
The cover of 'The Great Pretenders' (Supplied)

In his book 'The Great Pretenders: Race and class under ANC rule', political analyst Ebrahim Harvey, argues that a series of events – including HIV/AIDS denialism, the Marikana shootings, the Nkandla funding scandal, mass student protests, the Esidimeni tragedy, systemic corruption and state capture – are rooted in policy choices made by the ANC during negotiations and in power. Here is an extract from the book. 

The unemployed, rural poor and marginalised urban residents still live in poverty and experience various forms of social deprivation. All forms of the media have been saturated with reports which graphically reflect appalling living conditions in black townships across SA. By all accounts it is incredibly sad, revealing and revolting what life under ANC rule has come to, 26 years later. Not even the most pessimistic predictions of life under a future ANC by more conservative and right-wing forces in SA could have envisaged the depth of the degeneration, a very debilitating, undignified and worsening social crisis afflicting the black working-class majority and the avalanche of corruption cases tumbling out of the Zondo Commission of Enquiry.

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