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What's gone wrong? : South Africa on the brink of failed statehood

Author: Alex Boraine; Desmond Tutu
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2014]
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This is the book that Alex Boraine never wanted to write. As a native South African and a witness to the worst years of apartheid, he has known many of the leaders of the African National Congress in exile. He shared the jubilation of millions of South Africans when the ANC won the first democratic elections in 1994 and took up the reins of government under the presidency of Nelson Mandela. Now, two decades later,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Boraine; Desmond Tutu
ISBN: 9781479854974 1479854972
OCLC Number: 871511901
Language Note: Text in English.
Notes: "Originally published in South Africa in 2014 by Jonathan Ball Publishers (pty) Ltd, A division of Media24 Limited."
Description: xiii, 166 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The ANC in exile : early years --
A government in waiting : exile in the 1980s --
Parliament : legislator or lame duck? --
People's parliament --
The role of the judiciary in a failing state --
Corruption in a failing state --
The role of civil society in a failing state --
Realignment and the failing state.
Responsibility: Alex Boraine ; foreword by Desmond Tutu.

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This is the book that Alex Boraine never wanted to write. As a native South African and a witness to the worst years of apartheid, he has known many of the leaders of the African National Congress in exile. He shared the jubilation of millions of South Africans when the ANC won the first democratic elections in 1994 and took up the reins of government under the presidency of Nelson Mandela. Now, two decades later, he is forced to wonder what exactly has gone wrong in South Africa. Intolerance and corruption are the hallmarks of the governing party, while the worsening state of education, health, safety and security and employment strengthen the claim that South Africa is a failing state. Boraine explores this urgent and critical issue from the vantage point of wide experience as a minister, parliamentarian, co-founder of the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA) and Vice Chairperson of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Committee. He digs deep into the history of the ANC and concludes that both in exile and today, the ANC is slavishly committed to one party as the dominant ruling factor. All else - the Executive, Parliament, the Judiciary, civil society and the media - take second and third place. The ANC, Boraine claims, seeks to control every institution. What's Gone Wrong? pulls no punches, but it also goes beyond strong criticism and offers a number of constructive proposals, including the re-alignment of politics as a way of preventing South Africa becoming a failed state. As South Africa mourns the loss of Mandela and embarks on another national election, with the ANC likely to begin a third decade of rule, this incisive, detailed critique is required reading for all who are interested in the fate of this young nation.

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