GARETH VAN ONSELEN: Our democracy is a criminal negotiation
If the democratic alternative to the ANC’s failures cannot even be conceived of, then democracy itself is redundant
Rarely has SA turned on the ANC government in the manner it has over the past week. On one level, the problem is simple enough: the state failed, as failing states do, to prevent, predict or suitably arrest a large section of the population, who went feral and looted a province to the ground.
Likewise, the solution would seem simple enough: vote for another party. But not in SA. Here we can make every logical step, bar the ultimate one — the one democracy offers up as the obvious answer to predicaments such as this. And so we sit still with the problem...