n New Agenda: South African Journal of Social and Economic Policy - Effective state must first undo ‘dirty history’ of colonialism and apartheid

Volume 2019 Number 75
  • ISSN : 1607-2820


When state performance is weak and accountability is required, politicians often obfuscate the truth to extricate themselves from sticky situations. However, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, speaking at the Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation’s Inclusive Growth Conference on 15 June 2018, did not beat about the bush when he said, “governance is collapsing”.1 His concession is a rarity, especially in an era where “objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”.2 It takes courage for a president to be this candid in admitting to the governance challenges of the state he leads.

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Article metrics loading...


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error