As long as we accept poor leadership, SA will drop the baton

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As long as we accept poor leadership, SA will drop the baton

Instead of settling for mediocrity, we need to maintain that tension between where we are and where we want to be

Editor: TimesLIVE

We have as a people gone through a lot of pain and disappointments. Often, we blame politicians, with good reason, for goals that remain unachieved. 

Other times, we are responsible, even if we fail to acknowledge it, for the wasteland of shattered dreams that lies in our wake.

Take Thursday’s poor showing by our 4x100m relay team. About 200m in, they failed to do the handover with calamitous consequences. They finished second last. It wasn’t so much that they crashed out, it was that their exit from the Olympics confirmed our worst fears: that which glitters isn’t always gold. We hoped Akani Simbine would bring gold. We prayed Wayde van Niekerk would surprise us with another new world record. In the days ahead of the showpiece, we hoped Caster Semenya would qualify. In short, we relied on individual brilliance rather than the methodical preparation of an entire team, from whom medals could come...

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