21 February 2018

South Africa: Striking a Delicate Balance As We Enter Our Own 'Glasnost and Perestroika' Moment

opinion

Mikhail Gorbachev's strategy to revitalise his Mother Russia, in the late Eighties failed dismally because the openness and reconstruction Glasnost and Perestroika strategy took place without a framework of where they wanted to end up or, better yet, where Russians saw themselves at the end of that process. President Cyril Ramaophosa needs to be mindful of this as he embarks on rebuilding the ANC and the state.

In the end, Mikhail Gorbachev's strategy failed spectacularly and led to the total collapse of the Soviet Union and, with it, the Eastern European communist bloc countries, all because he and his party at the time did not know where their Glasnost and Perestroika strategy would take them. They had not properly planned or strategised as to what the end result should be and whether the country and the party were ready for such an eventuality.

I have been one of those who have been calling for renewal. A clean-up campaign is needed and everyone has been clamouring at the president's door calling for all those responsible for corruption, State Capture and bringing the organisation into disrepute over the last nine years to be brought to book. In other words, arrest them, imprison...

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