South Africa Could Become A Failed State – ANC

The secretary general of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress Party (ANC) has said the country could become a failed state as incessant power cuts threaten to cripple the economy.

Fikile Mbalula told reporers that ‘if certain things are not resolved, we will become a failed state, but we are not journeying towards that direction’.

In an exclusive interview with Stephen Sackur for the BBC’s Hardtalk programme, Mr. Mbalula said that South Africa’s economy ‘has been battered’.

He said while external forces such as the global economy, the impact of Covid, and war in Ukraine all played a role, the blame also lay partly with ‘some of our own weaknesses in terms of managing the economy well’.

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One in two young South Africans are unemployed and 60% of South Africans are living under the poverty line. But the country ‘is recovering well’, Mr. Mbalula said.

Defending the ANC’s economic record after almost three decades in power, Mr. Mbulala said the government had cushioned ‘our people from the worst, after a legacy of 300 years of deprivation and a mismanaged country and economy’.

He acknowledged that regular ‘load shedding’, an ongoing period of widespread power cuts, was at the heart of the country’s woes – and with dire consequences.

He said this could affect the political fortunes of the ANC in next year’s elections.

‘It will effect the fortunes of the ANC to receive just an outright majority…if it is not dealt with decisively’, he said.

In another report, the foreign affairs ministry of South Africa last week disclosed that the US ambassador has ‘apologised unreservedly’ for claiming the country secretly sold weapons to Russia amidst the ongoing war in Ukraine.

Reuben Brigety alleged on Thursday a Russian ship was loaded with ammunition and weapons in Cape Town last December.

South Africa says it has no record of an arms sale and President Cyril Ramaphosa has ordered an inquiry.

On Friday the White House national security spokesman would not be drawn on details of the allegations.

But John Kirby said it was a ‘serious issue’ and the US had consistently urged countries not to provide support for Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Africa Today News, New York

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