The attempted insurrection in our country last week that has resulted in violence,  looting, lawlessness, loss of life, racial tension, and destruction of property is a truly sad moment for all peace-loving citizens of South Africa. The impact of this senseless violent rampage is going to be devastating in a context where South Africa already has the highest unemployment and inequality levels in the world.

It is no surprise, however, that such a nightmare could have played out in the way that it did. A combination of factors provided the perfect context for the instigation of the violence and the spectacularly poor response to it by the State. The failure to fundamentally address the conditions of poverty through more imaginative macro-and micro-economic and public policy instruments and through an ethical and capable developmental state has come home to haunt us. The perpetuation of apartheid’s spatial and racial segregation in South Africa is endemic without any clear and decisive government programme……more