We’re the laughing stock of the world
Sandile Ntuli Johannesburg, Gauteng ur country has become a laughing stock. South Africa has suffered a spectacular fall from grace. The reasons can only be stated in hushed tones in legislative corridors. We’re no longer Africa’s leading economy; the oilrich nation of Nigeria now has that honour.
Egypt has summarily bumped us into third place. Now Africa’s third-largest economy, the “rainbow nation” state, the poster child for a stable developing country, has become a nation of apartheidstyle forced removals and censorship.
Never mind praying for rain, avoidance
Oof downgrades by ratings agencies must now feature prominently in our daily prayers. But all the while, the world must be laughing at us. The political soap opera that has played out over the past few months has featured reports of state capture, and hair-raising dismissals and appointments. It’s disheartening.
Mind you, we’re not even halfway through 2016. While the world watches this political farce, our bold leaders need to take a stand for what is right.
As it is, some have done so. However, when the top brass do the right thing for our country, perhaps the world will stop laughing at us.