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Inequality is sending South Africa towards a political crisis

By Justice Malala   November 2012

Here in South Africa they are making jokes about the late Zairean kleptocrat Mobutu Sese Seko. At the height of his excess, Mobutu built an airport in his rural hometown so that, the story goes, he could hop to Paris for a quick shop.

The jokes are not coming from “racist” whites afraid of the dawn of democracy, as happened in the 1990s. They are coming instead from young black people who believe the dream of a stable, prosperous and democratic South Africa is slipping away. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) is unable to deal decisively with impatience born…

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