Unemployment, inequality and poverty are now stuck at such worryingly high levels that they threaten SA’s future as a sustainable society. The big danger President Cyril Ramaphosa faces is that the country will underperform over the next decade as these structural fault lines prove insurmountable. Among the sceptics is Fitch Ratings, which said last November that it saw little prospect that a country with SA’s deep-seated structural flaws would get growth going fast enough to reduce inequality and quell pressures for growth-sapping, redistributive policies. The EFF will doubtless be relentless in exploiting unmet voter expectations over the next couple of years by wielding the party’s racially divisive rhetoric. Even within the ANC, the youth league continues to throw its weight behind former president Jacob Zuma, complaining that the corruption charges against him have been instigated by "white monopoly capital" opposed to his vision of "radical economic transformation".Ramaphosa h...

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