2 minute read
4 Jan 2022
4:50 am

Parliament fire: A metaphor for everyday life in South Africa


The fire meant political parties could score points, Dudu Zuma could gloat, and the rest of use await the commission of inquiry.

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It has been said by a number of people, but it is well worth repeating. The fiery destruction of parliament in Cape Town and all of the events around it are a sadly fitting metaphor for present-day, ANC-governed South Africa. The inferno could have been caused by incompetence or malfeasance – including possible failure to comply with safety requirements due to corruption – more or less the same story in our government departments and our state-owned enterprises over the past 20 years (the rot began before Jacob Zuma took over as president of the country and the ANC in 2008)....