Documents released ahead of the policy conference of South Africa's embattled governing ANC show it hasn't the guts or internal balance of forces, for self-correction and renewal.
On both economic and political dimensions South Africa potentially has a long way further to fall from its current messy institutional realities.
President Zuma's speech is historically meaningless in that it is not a milestone of any professed historical mission.
Understandable anger about the excessive inequality in South Africa lies at the heart of the rise of the radical Economic Freedom Fighters. The problem is how the party wants to address these issues.