International relations and co-operation minister Naledi Pandor. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
International relations and co-operation minister Naledi Pandor. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

At last! The ANC has admitted, a tad obliquely, that after the improvements to society of the first 12-odd years of democracy, the country has slid backwards. The improvement away from poverty has stalled and gone backwards, because the ANC cannot govern the country.

This is implicit in the explanation international relations and co-operation minister Naledi Pandor gave to diplomats to explain the xenophobic violence. According to news reports she said, among other explanations, “that the legacy of apartheid, which caused economic inequalities in the country, was to blame for locals losing their cool with their African brothers and sisters in a scramble for crumbs”.

Now that the ANC has admitted that it has failed to do anything about the legacy of apartheid, it should give power to another party to at least try.

SC Weiss
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