Enough fine words and smart suits. African leaders have a lot to ...

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Enough fine words and smart suits. African leaders have a lot to answer for

With right people at the helm this continent can thrive and prosper, despite a history of dictators and corruption

Executive editor: opinions and analysis

There was a rare dose of good news for Kaizer Chiefs over the weekend. The PSL whipping boys registered a rare victory against Cameroonian league champions PSD Bamenda on Sunday, in a CAF Champions League preliminary round first leg match played in the west of the country. Chiefs are flirting with relegation here at home, but you wouldn’t believe this judging by how wildly their supporters celebrated on social media after that win in Cameroon.

I found it interesting that the bosses at Naturena chose to embrace the CAF Champions League this time around, given their reluctance in the past to partake in African club competition. Who would blame them, given the shambolic state of football on the continent, and the nightmarish logistical and travel costs of traversing a vast continent? I once flew to Gabon via France because there were no direct flights from Johannesburg and limited continental connections. Having to transit twice via Paris, I spent more time travelling than attending the conference I had been invited to.

How do we remain optimistic about this continent when so many of its leaders are a perpetual disappointment? The AU, which SA chaired until recently, produces reams of endless copy on bettering the continent and improving the lot of its people. Its leaders put on their finest suits and attend endless meetings where they pay lip service to the development of the continent, and then go back home to steal some more from their people, to oppress them even further, and use every imaginable to trick in the book to cling onto power...

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