Why populism caught fire in SA

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- businesslive.co.za | 6 months ago

The land question is a case in point.

"Once you take popular issues and discuss them in populist ways without subjecting them to the framework of mediation, critical thought, evidence and problem-solving orientation, you end up opening the floodgates of discussing every popular issue in a populist way," Fakir says. Once you’ve set a precedent in the way that a debate over land, for example, is handled, "what’s next? Arbitrary deprivation of private property? Why not?" Fakir says every party in SA is guilty of this escalation.

The ANC flirts dangerously with the question of race, drawing "perilously" close to the edge before it pulls back.

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