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Unfortunately, I have my doubts. The ANC isn't very tolerant towards opposition - just look at what they did in Cape Town when the DA got the mayorship - they gerrymandered the city's boundaries so that the ANC could still control it. Also, remember all the thousands of PAC members (supposedly their own comrades in the fight against the Nats) who were necklaced by Winnie and her gang? I'd like to think that the ANC would be willing to allow the DA or the IFP or another Party to take power, but a lot of people were thinking that Mugabe and ZANU-PF would let ZAPU gain in strength too, but as we've seen over the past two decades, that hope was in vain.|
If you have any doubt that SA is in trouble, just take a look at the graph, showing SA's HDI (Human Development Index) decline. You can see that it rises sharply in 1978, when petit apartheid ended, then levels out in 1990, before falling in 1995, the year following the ANC's rise to power. This means that the wealth gap is actually widening, and if something isn't done, unrest will grow, possibly leading - god forbid - to a Jacob Zuma presidency and wealth redistribution which would scare away foreign capital and destroy the economy, like in Zimbabwe. I don't doubt that this growing inequality also contributes significantly to crime.
[ Last edited by irishinuk at 2007-3-17 07:27 PM ]