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Be honest, Sihle, the constitution is not to blame for SA’s mess

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Be honest, Sihle, the constitution is not to blame for SA’s mess

If the premier and his ilk were truthful, they’d admit our issues mostly stem from ANC bigwigs lining their pockets

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Thabo Mbeki is probably in the dog box with some ANC members after he challenged them to improve their “capacity to think” to come up with solutions to the country’s problems. The former president reportedly told the Western Cape ANC’s provincial committee meeting last week that “shouting slogans” was not enough to unknot SA’s numerous challenges.

“Do we have the strength, the capacity and everything else to discharge that responsibility of the eradication of that (colonial and apartheid) legacy?” he asked.

Mbeki’s language may have been a tad undiplomatic to some, but he is right. In the face of the taxing issues facing our country and humanity, we are sinking under the weight of hoary, old, populist, failed, recycled solutions from the political left, centre and right. Faced with the challenge to stop, reflect deeply and come up with new and imaginative solutions, we fall into the laziest, sloppiest, most partisan forms of thinking...

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