Could South Africa Become a 'Fragile State'?

State failure is traditionally defined by the inability of key state institutions to deliver public goods to their citizens because they cannot ensure physical safety nor offer productive economic environments. South Africa's empirical indicators worryingly point to increasing fragility, write Greg Mills and Wilmot James.

Nearly four in every ten South Africans are unemployed, entrenching poverty and invariably worsening inequality and instability.

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