South Africa Faces a Downward Spiral
Sep 26, 2019 | 09:00 GMT
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- Beset by infighting, the ruling African National Congress is incapable of effectively tackling the country's worsening economic and social situation.
- Those problems will drive more highly skilled individuals to emigrate, robbing the country of productive workers and tax revenue in the years ahead.
- Deepening economic malaise and internal fissures will accelerate the erosion of the ANC's once-dominant electoral position, possibly opening the door to more extreme parties, with serious policy implications.
- As South Africa struggles to get its house in order, its influence over the rest of southern Africa will wane.