We’re the laugh­ing stock of the world

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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.

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