The ANC government’s hopeless inability to cope with SA’s deteriorating financial and socioeconomic circumstances makes John Vorster’s prediction more than 40 years ago of a future “too ghastly to contemplate” more relevant now than it was then.

Nelson Mandela, FW de Klerk and others rescued our country from Vorster’s ghastly future and forged a partnership that provided a platform for all South Africans, particularly the poor and disenfranchised, to potentially improve their wellbeing. Not only was the Mandela-led government of national unity essential to foster a spirit of “ubuntu” among all citizens, it was critical to harness the wisdom, experience and expertise from all sections of society and tackle the daunting task of successfully governing the new SA.

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