By Chris Steyn
BizNews speaks to Dr Edward Mienie, the Govt Director and Professor of Strategic & Safety Research and Exterior Relations on the College of North Georgia in Atlanta about South Africa’s fast slide in direction of a Failed State. He warns that drastic measures are wanted to make sure efficient governance as a result of a Failed State might descend right into a Collapsed State which would go away each man fending for himself. The previous diplomat – for each the NP and ANC governments – stays hopeful, nonetheless, that it’s not too late to show the ship round.
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Is South Africa a Failing State or a Failed State?
BizNews asks Dr Edward Mienie, the Govt Director and Professor of Strategic & Safety Research and Exterior Relations on the College of North Georgia in Atlanta for his verdict.
The previous diplomat – for each the Nationwide Get together (NP) and African Nationwide Congress (ANC) governments – says the nation is in a “fragile” and “failing” state.
“I’m afraid to say that South Africa has moved from what I termed being latently fragile to being fragile.
I’d not, for my part, time period South Africa as being failed at this stage, however we’re actually on observe to turning into a failed state.”
Dr Mienie says a failed state could be reached when, “the federal government has misplaced its legitimacy, when the residents now not have religion, now not belief, and when the federal government now not can mission its monopoly on energy over all of South Africa’s sovereign territory, when the forms fails…”
Within the worst case situation, South Africa might then descend right into a collapsed state.
“It will be chaotic. You wouldn’t have legislation and order. So that you’ll have warlords akin to what we now have in Somalia and they are going to be accountable for sure swathes of land in South Africa. The federal government buildings shall be taken over by vandals – and we shall be a non-functioning society, every man to himself.”
Dr Mienie says solely efficient management might halt the nation’s downward trajectory.
“If the management realises the character of the threats, the threats to human safety in South Africa and addresses these by the use of being efficient as governors, I’m certain that the boat may very well be circled and we might transfer in direction of turning into extra secure.
But when that’s not finished, if we don’t have efficient management, efficient authorities the place the federal government is being revered or not less than the place the ruled respect the governors, the place they’ve full management over legislation enforcement and the rule of legislation being revered within the nation and utilized equally throughout the board… If that’s not addressed in these methods… South Africa can discover itself being a failed state.”
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