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Has South Africa Lost its Way?

Last Updated: 10/8/2006 3:48:36 PM

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In an interview with the BBC, Archbishop Desmond Tutu warned that there was a ‘power keg’ in South Africa which was ready to be ignited and could lead to social unrest due to the poverty facing its people. Is he right?....


Young South Africans - the future that once seemed bright now full of uncertainty.
Young South Africans - the future that once seemed bright now full of uncertainty.

Retired Archbishop and Nobel Prize winner, Desmond Tutu recently raise the issue of the moral integrity of the average South African on the street. He blamed the former apartheid regimes for damaging the moral values of the South African society and he fears that if care is not taken that the country’s poverty might lead to social unrest.

South Africa is one of the wealthiest nations in Africa with a dual economy that is vein to that seem industrialised nations like the UK and Germany. However since the abolishment of apartheid, the country is still grappling with the poverty that is afflicting is mainly black population.

This poverty has seen a rise in violent crime, with the country become notorious as one of the world’s crime hotspots. This was symbolised last week by the unnecessary burning alive of the guards of an armored van transporting cash, even though the thieves already had the money in their possession.

There are a lot of frustrated South Africans who have failed to yield the dividends of living under a free and wealthy society since the fall of apartheid. There have been progress that there are now black faces amongst the boardroom of companies but on average most of the black population are still locked in the vicious cycle of poverty and crime. What’s more the gap between the rich and the poor is widening.

Have the leaders of South Africa failed in trying help their fellow country men escape the tight embrace of poverty, do the black South Africans who have found themselves in the money turned their backs on the communities that they once lived in, where they shared the common dream of one day living as not only as free men but being also put food on the table for their families?

However does the poverty facing South African explaining the rising rate of violent crime in the country, there are a lot of African nations in worse economic positions than South Africa but the level of crime is no where near what we see in the country. It is your shout!


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