Why SA’s elites ignore the rising fury of the poor, and how ...

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Why SA’s elites ignore the rising fury of the poor, and how we’ll all pay

Jabu Baloyi stepped in when our leaders wouldn’t tackle lawlessness – and he was demonised for it

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We all know what SA’s elites are upset about and want the government to do. Through their organisations, from the business formations to the extremely well-resourced public-sector trade unions, we know that business is concerned about policy uncertainty while the trade unions want President Cyril Ramaphosa to guarantee them their jobs, even at bloated entities like Eskom, whatever the consequences.

Who knows what the working classes and the poor, the unemployed, are upset about and want the government to do? Who listens to the unemployed, the poor and the desperate when they do make themselves heard?

Over the past two weeks I have spent a lot of time in Tshwane. I talked to loads of people. It has made me reflect deeply about how many of us who make up the elite – journalists included – don’t really look around us or listen enough. People are angry. People have lost faith in the state. People are going to lash out again because our political leaders are just not listening or acting appropriately...

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