South Africa: Another Failed Post-Colonial State

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Why has every single country in Africa, post-colonial rule, degenerated into a decaying, crumbling, stinking, dung heap?

Submitted: April 24, 2017

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Why is it that, in ALL cases, the economy and infrastructure of these countries have collapsed, crime is rife, unemployment is prevalent, bad leadership and mismanagement is common, bribery and corruption have become the order of the day, and predatory politics are practiced at all levels of government?

Why is it that, once an African leader has firmly seated his fat backside on the Chair of Government, he closes his eyes to the plight of the people who put him there in the first place – and then treats his “subjects” with disdain and disrespect?

It would take someone much wiser and more knowledgeable than me to answer all of the above questions; but I’ll tell you this: There are certain standards, norms, and concepts missing in Africa.

Words such as: Integrity, honesty, trust, ethics, responsibility, and accountability, have all but vanished from African dictionaries. Along with the words: “maintenance,” and “productivity.”

Women and children; the poorest of the poor; the homeless; the unemployed; the unskilled and uneducated of this continent, are bearing the brunt of all the misery heaped upon them by those who “rule” their countries.

The latest victim of State Capture by corrupt criminals is South Africa. Its president, Jacob Zuma, and his gang of dishonest ANC cronies, have brought this country to its knees.

When the cruel system of apartheid was abolished in 1994, the African National Congress stepped in, replaced the white National Party with its own cadres – and it was business as usual. Unemployment, crime, and corruption, is higher now than ever before.

The United Nations and Transparency International have released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index for 2016. It ranks 175 countries on their levels of public sector corruption. South Africa was declared the most corrupt country in the world.

The people living in South African “townships,” (previously called: locations), are no better off today than during the time of the oppressive white regime.

In fact, many would say that things have become much worse – riots, strikes, burning of tyres, vandalizing of property, looting, and protest action take place every single day of the year due of the lack of service delivery. Clean water has become a scare commodity; and basic foods have become extremely expensive.

But this is nothing new.

Of the 54 countries that make up this, The Dark Continent, there is not even ONE that can be held up as an example of good governance and prosperity, after colonial rule.

It’s a bloody disgrace.


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