It was rather difficult to focus on the World Economic Forum on Africa this week and pay adequate attention to issues of inclusive and shared growth in the fourth industrial revolution when the country and the rest of the African continent was at war with itself following a number of clashes between South Africans and fellow Africans who live and work here. I find the timing of these clashes rather curious. Is it a total coincidence that these extremely violent incidents happen in the very week that SA hosts the rest of the continent to deliberate on matters of common interest, such as the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, which could be key in bringing much-needed stimulus to get us back to winning ways?

Could it be that the forces at play are so hellbent on undermining any efforts being made to get this country back to where it belongs that they are manipulating the desperate socioeconomic plight of our people by selling the idea that it is OK to assault and even mur...

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