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Moeletsi Mbeki: South Africa’s “Tunisia Moment” is Less than a Decade Away

Architects of PovertyOn the day of Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation speech, Moeletsi Mbeki has sobering words for South Africa. Our “Tunisia Moment”, when the South African masses turn against the liberation movement, is less than ten years away, he says. The reasons, he feels, are patently clear:

I CAN predict when SA’s “Tunisia Day” will arrive. Tunisia Day is when the masses rise against the powers that be, as happened recently in Tunisia. The year will be 2020, give or take a couple of years. The year 2020 is when China estimates that its current minerals-intensive industrialisation phase will be concluded.

For SA, this will mean the African National Congress (ANC) government will have to cut back on social grants, which it uses to placate the black poor and to get their votes. China’s current industrialisation phase has forced up the prices of SA’s minerals, which has enabled the government to finance social welfare programmes.

The ANC inherited a flawed, complex society it barely understood; its tinkering s with it are turning it into an explosive cocktail. The ANC leaders are like a group of children playing with a hand grenade. One day one of them will figure out how to pull out the pin and everyone will be killed.

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