Domestic and international investors hanker after two simple things from the government: a fair amount of political stability and policy certainty. It’s not rocket science. Governments that provide these two ingredients attract investment and flourish. Those that don’t wither and die.

In South Africa we’ve had relative political stability for 29 years (if you discount the many service delivery protests that occur every day across the country), but the events of July 2021 reminded us that such stability is not guaranteed. The criminal, co-ordinated early-morning arson attack on six trucks on the N3 highway on Sunday, which shut down a key national transport artery, reminds us of the type of instability we have allowed to flourish through corruption and lack of crime intelligence and investigative capacity...

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