Wednesday, March 16, 2011

South Africa 'on Verge of Being Dysfunctional'

March 16, 2011

Johannesburg - South Africa is on the "verge" of joining the ranks of dysfunctional states as the effects of corruption debilitate all spheres of life, the chairperson of a constitutional watchdog said on Wednesday.

"In the changing circumstances of our times, a conservative assault on the Constitution from some of the most powerful in our society threatens to fatally undermine our capacity to overcome poverty and inequality," Sipho Pityana, the chairperson of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) said.

"It is now beyond doubt that corruption and patronage are so pervasive, rampant and crippling in our society that we are on the verge of being deemed a dysfunctional state..."

Read the rest here.

: South Africans love being overly pessimistic. A news story like this is more fodder to just lay into everything that is wrong with the country and, especially, the government.

A reader's comment captured that oh so pessimistic character that makes politics here so tired and predictable.

I must admit though that I laughed reading it:
Felix - 
This is great news! I thought we were already over the verge...
Nonetheless, laughing aside see "Manuel: SA has failed to deliver" for a troubling assessment from a senior ANC and government official.


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