Tuesday, March 18, 2008

View from the South

Saddening events in South Africa.

When I was there in 2004 there was some disappointment at the limited achievements of the ANC - both from blacks and whites - but also hope at consensus building with, and in, other parties. For that reason, I never really fell for the ANC - I respect its history, and Mandela of course, but a good legacy doesn't make a difference if you can't govern in the present. And for a variety of reasons - Mbeki in general, but specifically his AIDS denial and acquiesence to Mugabe, and now Zuma's leadership, I'm beginning to wonder if the ANC still has what it takes.

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