Investors won’t be impressed
IMAGINE a VIP arriving in South Africa with intentions to invest, just before the State of the Nation address.
Watching the TV coverage from his hotel room he would witness the pomp and ceremony outside Parliament, followed by the antics of the praise singer inside the chamber.
He would then watch the steady disintegration of parliamentary order (and the TV signal) as the Opposition raised points of order before being violently ejected by the white shirts.
He would then watch the president’s uninspiring and tedious address.
The following morning, expecting some informed commentary of the performance, he would be surprised to find the same president given hours of uncritical coverage on state TV discoursing on his speech and other topics.
Switching to radio, he would find even more of the same. If the VIP came from Europe, he would be reminded of the old Communist Party monopoly of the “news” by the state broadcasting organs.
He would hear the head of state dismissing the opposition as “angry young people with no policies”.
“Democracy is not just about angry young people,” he reiterated, seemingly unaware of the irony that millions of “angry young people” are losing patience with him and his party.