Dispatch Live on the 14 March 2015

“MOST of us were trained to critique the state, but now we are the state”, quipped businessman, Moss Ngoasheng participating in a discussion at a seminar organised by the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra) on the role of intellectuals in post-apartheid South Africa.

Put differently, Ngoasheng was essentially saying that the intelligentsia, that had been part of the anti-apartheid movement, now faces a dilemma: What becomes of their role now that South Africa is a democratic society? Do they critique the very post-apartheid state they brought into life? If so, how and from where?

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