One could write volumes to try and describe the contemporary history of South Africa and to try and explain what happened to the Rainbow Nation. Alas, few would spend time reading the ghastly story of just another failed state in Africa, filled with corruption, racism, xenophobia, prejudice, hate-crime, human rights violations, and the horror that humans are capable of inflicting on each other. We have only heartfelt pity for the generations born after 1994 now burdened with trying to make sense of it all. Struggling with cognitive dissonance while trying to discover the truth from a myriad of half-truths, outright deception, and lies.
How to explain it all?
Perhaps words cannot tell the story.
We found this creative work by a videographer on Youtube – known only as Marang Bad. As hundreds of families flee the country every month to seek refuge and safety abroad, this artistic impression will perhaps be the only reflection younger generations growing up in other countries will have, when looking back at the failure of multiculturalism in their country of birth.
The artistic work includes the following disclaimer from the producer:
“This cross btw documentary & music video about South Africa mainly focuses on the plight of the white population, the imminent race-based land seizures, calls to violence/action against the farmers by various extremist political groups, and overall gruesome attacks as a means of educating and spreading awareness of the horrific situation due to that reality being denied all across mainstream media. While that’s the main focus the video deals with the state/fate of South Africa as a whole too as those are intertwined. I also want to make clear that this in no way endorses hatred or violence against anyone or blacks as a whole, as many of them suffer just as much under the corrupt government and by the acts of violent communist terrorists. This is also showcased in the video.”
WARNING – Graphic Content
But what do political analysts say?
One article by http://defaakto.com/ provides a brief overview of South Africa’s increasingly fragile democracy under the leadership of the ruling African National Congress (ANC). It provides a brief overview of the country’s dwindling democratic fortunes since 1994. The article proceeds to examine the country’s massive challenge against widespread corruption by the ruling ANC, most notably the phenomenon of State Capture whereby the country’s former President, Jacob Zuma was implicated alongside several other party members, government ministers and state officials in the mass looting of state resources and grand corruption. It further probes the attempts by current President Cyril Ramaphosa to address corruption, which subsequently has fueled massive tensions within the ruling ANC party, threatening to undermine political stability even further. The article further probes the country’s dire economic situation due to the scourge of corruption as well as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the country’s economy. A salient aspect addressed by the article is the extent to which South Africa is increasingly teetering on the precipice of becoming a failed state, which holds severe consequences for the country’s national security and stability amidst growing discontent by its citizenry.