GARETH VAN ONSELEN: How the ANC made Afropessimists of all who live in its mediocracy
SA will not become Zimbabwe, we used to say, but now it is because it outperforms us in some ways
Back in the early 2000s the trope that SA under the ANC would become “just another Zimbabwe” was viciously turned upon by all comers as deeply prejudiced. It was evidence, we were told, of a great racial sickness — Afropessimism.
Today, 20 years later, it is hard to say we are further from Zimbabwe in terms of our political devolution than closer to it. And it’s equally difficult to find anyone who is not an Afropessimist, at least so far as SA’s own fortunes are concerned. The ANC has made Afropessimists of us all...