‘SA could explode at any time’

Pretoria - Widespread unemployment and snowballing levels of poverty could spark unrest in South Africa, political analyst Aubrey Matshiqi said at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) on Wednesday.

“It is argued in the (ISS) paper that we spend very little time looking ahead. We obsess over Nkandla, whether Cyril Ramaphosa is going to be the next president or not, some even argue that if President Zuma is recalled that all ills in South Africa will be remedied. We have a very short-termist approach to how we talk about and analyse the challenges facing the country,” he said.

“If we do spend some time looking ahead, we might find a cure for a disease which afflicts us. We are either seized by a state of hysterical optimism or a state of hysterical pessimism.”

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