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Melanie Verwoerd | SA may be on the tipping point, but we can pull it back from the brink

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With the country facing several challenges on many fronts, including a high unemployment rate, the writer asks if the country is ripe for a violent eruption.
With the country facing several challenges on many fronts, including a high unemployment rate, the writer asks if the country is ripe for a violent eruption.
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Melanie Verwoerd asks if we are at the tipping point, with a seeming lack of commitment and leadership from the politicians, and what feels like very little light at the end of the tunnel. 

In the movie Chocolat the narrator talks about "a sly wind coming in from the north", which brings with it a sense of unease and imminent change.

Last week at the memorial service for Jessie Duarte, Thabo Mbeki warned that South Africa might be seeing an African Spring. Referring to the Arab Spring, he said:

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