South Africa: Getting the SA Horses to Pull Together


At this moment, South Africans are like an undisciplined team of horses, with everyone pulling in opposite directions, the cart in danger of toppling over and the country going nowhere. To get the horses to pull together requires a little more progress on the reconciliation front.

South Africans are a fractious lot, slow to listen and quick to lambast government, the national team and one another when the going gets hot. We are separated by race, class, lived experience and political ideology.

But win a world cup against the odds, dump 120mm of rain on Centurion over four days, washing away shacks and cars, or murder one of our daughters and South Africans become one... for a few glorious moments.

Truth is, while the vast majority of the population identifies as South African and is proud to be so, the sins of the past run deep, society remains exclusive and reconciliation elusive.

The year 2019 marked a quarter of a century since South Africa's transition to democracy. In the same year that the country marked this achievement, it also conducted its sixth general election.

Despite our many gains, the major election themes, such as land redistribution, reminded the country of...

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