AS A society, we must all resist the temptation to accept that the violent protests and political killings that seem to occur during local election years is the new normal.The time has come to take responsibility, show leadership and engage through all our stakeholder structures to understand the underlying causes and find collective and sustainable solutions. Intervention is urgent to ensure this horrible practice does not entrench itself as a culture that undermines our nascent democracy. What we have is a crisis and it demands extraordinary leadership and political will, more than ever before.Knowledge and experience gained from how organisational systems function may help us understand the problems and reveal the real causes.Organisations tend to achieve their objective successes when their energies and efforts coalesce around a principle called common purpose.The task of defining the common purpose has been carefully and elegantly articulated in Chapter 7, section 152 of the Co...

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