Hagen Engler
3 minute read
25 Jul 2021
6:00 am

Life in SA is beyond surreal, but we have made it this far

Hagen Engler

We look back fondly at April 2020 like it was a holiday camp, a kind of pantomime of the real hell that only arrived a year later, writes Hagen Engler.

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My resilience fills me with shame. A week ago, I was riven with moral panic at the urgency of our nation’s ethical watershed. If we did not address our offensive, repugnant levels of inequality, we would immolate as a viable idea, and deserve it. Barely seven days later, and the looting has subsided, largely due to the human body’s need for sustenance and an almost reluctant mobilisation of politicians and the armed forces. It appears that exploitive capitalism must be allowed to continue drip-feeding us, as the only viable economic option in town right now. Also it’s bloody cold. My...