Sunday Independent on 18 September 2016

The dream of a democratic South Africa is almost turning dystopian. The fabric of society is fraying due to the interlinked crises of structural poverty, unemployment, inequality, violence and malfeasance. This is symptomatic of unethical public leadership, policy incoherence, the governing party’s factional battles, and global dynamics.

It has led to violent service delivery protests, the destruction of public property, the weakening of trust in public institutions, and a loss of legitimacy for elected and appointed leaders. To the public and the commentariat, good governance, service delivery and ethical leadership have almost become swear words.

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