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.