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Mpumelelo Mkhabela | Why an 'Arab Spring' revolution won’t happen in South Africa

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Former president Thabo Mbeki. (Supplied)
Former president Thabo Mbeki. (Supplied)

It would be helpful for informed citizens like former president Thabo Mbeki to talk more about a potential change of government as a way to meet people’s aspirations than to express fear of revolutionary violence, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.   

South Africa is under a grip of despair. The causes are linked to each other. Endless load shedding, high unemployment, relentless service delivery failures, rampant crime, deadly corruption, worsening poverty, and chronic government incompetence. All these are driving citizens into a state of grumpiness.

The current state of the country has triggered predictions about what is likely to happen next. Former president Thabo Mbeki has warned of something akin to the Arab Spring if poverty and unemployment are not addressed urgently.

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