South Africa: We Might Well Bury the ANC Alongside Our Covid-19 Dead


Bloated with corruption and fraught with internal intrigues and divisions, where normalised deviance is the compass that points to the way ahead, might it be that the body politic can no longer endure the ANC? Might it just be that the ANC's comorbidities render it fated to an abrupt death in the face of the virus?

In an ill-fated moment of spectacular destruction on 4 August 2020, 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate - improperly stored in the port of Beirut - blew sky-high, wreaking devastation across the length and breadth of the city. An explosion of public outrage soon followed.

Slow to act, corrupt Lebanese authorities - who have been largely absent in the crisis - have presided over a spectacular decline in governance, with the country nearing the status of a failed state. Any threads of public confidence remaining in the Lebanese government have all but been obliterated. The explosion has amplified earlier calls for revolution, and angry protesters have flocked to the streets.

A lot can happen in a moment. It is a lesson for South Africa.

While corruption in South Africa has substantially withered public confidence in key institutions, its persistent and pervasive influence has largely proven...

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