Daily Maverick: Opinion: Blade, society's moving on

23 Oct 2015 - 12:45

"The stark ironies of South Africa, the weak links between rich and poor, and between the governed and their leaders, have probably never been as clear and evocative as they were inside and outside Parliament yesterday. Evidence of the disconnect between formal political structures and the people they are meant to serve was brought home by the images of protesters across our television screens, and the calm demeanor of the Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene delivering his medium-term budget policy statement in the National Assembly. The thick walls of the National Assembly were all that separated angry students from the air-conditioned comfort enveloping MPs. The protests, and the way they have been handled, suggest rapid changes are afoot around class, race and political choice in South Africa. They also show serious weaknesses on the part of our elected leadership."

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