We work with the police of course … but if we fold our arms as a community, the criminals will run amok,” said Phindile George, the leader of the Thembokwezi neighbourhood watch, which counts 50 volunteers including Msweswe and Madasi among its members.

Across South Africa, tens of thousands of people are making similar resolutions. Some teach, secure reliable electricity supplies, organise vaccination drives, repair roads, deliver protective gear to hospitals or distribute water. Many work almost alone, others in NGOs or for wealthy businesses that are now setting aside large sums for philanthropic work.

I’m sure there were people who insinuated that allowing the commies of the ANC into government wasn’t going to work out well……

8 thoughts on “Hmm”

  1. No mention of the white South African farmers who are still being attacked and often murdered by gangs of roaming blacks, with more or less the ANC’s blessing.

  2. Meanwhile, parliament buildings still burn. The problem is that they still think it is the ANC that is the problem, not the fact that the state shouldn’t be doing the things they want it too.

  3. I thought apartheid was a shitty way to run a country but I adamantly refused to go and protest about it. Why? Because I was confident that whatever replaced it would be shitty too.

    The collapse of the whites was quicker than I expected – what a bunch of softies.

    The subsequent collapse of the country has been slower than I expected – perhaps Mandela should get some credit for that.

    But in terms of direction I claim to have been right.

  4. @dearieme

    It took Mugabe 20 years to collapse the Rhodesian economy – peak GDP per capita was 1998. It went sideways until 2001 and then collapsed. GDP per capita fell by 53%. The collapse of institutions is usually a gradual affair. But once the institutional edifice is undermined, it’s very hard to put it back together.

    South Africa was always more developed and there were stronger institutions. However, it looks destined to go the same way.

  5. The collapse of the whites was quicker than I expected – what a bunch of softies.

    Not really. The writing was on the wall before Mandela was even elected. The whites that could leave did so then because they knew full well that being trapped inside a South Africa under black majority rule was only ever going to be a one-way ticket to being the next Zimbabwe. Mandela managed to hold things together even after his presidency ended, but short of living forever the current ongoing collapse was inevitable.

    The stage that they’re going through at the moment is closer to “managed collapse” than anything else.

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