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Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan flanked by Deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas and Director General Lungile Fuzile. GCIS

South Africa must look beyond individuals to solve the current crisis

The framing of the prevailing political protests in South Africa shows too much focus on the role of individuals. This is dangerous in hearkening back to the flawed Great Man Theory.
Protesters hold banners during a mass protest in Pretoria calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down. Kim Ludbrook/EPA

South Africa’s crisis: Calling things by their true name

On both economic and political dimensions South Africa potentially has a long way further to fall from its current messy institutional realities.
Demonstrators protest outside South Africa’s Parliament in Cape Town against President Jacob Zuma’s firing of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Zuma’s critics within the ANC are vocal. But will they act?

Are those ANC members critical of Zuma willing to stand up and be counted? Will Pravin Gordhan, popular hero of the hour, provide one further great service to the nation?

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