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South Africa is Not a Failed State; South Africa is a State Struggling for Sustained Freedom – Max du Preez

A Rumour of SpringMax du Preez, author of A Rumour of Spring: South Africa after 20 years of Democracy, has written an article for News24 in which he argues that the notion that South Africa is a failed state is “uninformed nonsense”.

South African citizens, Du Preez says, are more free to criticise authority than most. He writes that as a democratic society, openness is South Africa’s greatest asset.

However, Du Preez concedes that concerns about the authoritarian, securocratic tendencies of the ruling party are legitimate and very serious, and this makes citizens’ continuing fight for freedom and openness absolutely essential.

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Our openness is one of the most important building blocks upon which our democracy, our stability and our relatively free economic activities are built. This is why South Africa cannot be described as a failing state in any sense of the word. Struggling state, perhaps, state with a multitude of challenges, yes, but not a failed state according to the accepted definition of the term.

Who do we have to thank for this state of affairs? Certainly not the present government or the present version of the ruling ANC. If it had been in their power, we would have been a much more closed society, as their attacks on the press have demonstrated over the years.

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