Isaac Mashaba
3 minute read
13 Oct 2021
7:15 am

South Africa: A Mickey Mouse member of Brics

Isaac Mashaba

Desperate to be seen in good company, our leaders love being invited to international economic forums.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa (Photo by Themba Hadebe / POOL / AFP)

The popular hit song, Another Brick in the Wall, perfectly describes our government’s present situation. Realising its inability and lack of political direction and will, South Africa was desperate to position itself as a major player on the international stage. Our leaders needed to show Africa just how smart we are and how stupid the rest of the continent is. The question was, how to do this? We could redirect our ever-failing communist-inspired policies and marketplace marginalisation and focus on true economic growth, industrialisation and the sociopolitical advantages that would come with it. Or, we could grab onto someone else’s...