How Jacob Zuma positioned himself, his family, confidants and long-time funders as regal overlords, first corrupting their home province of KwaZulu-Natal and then all of South Africa.
The financial and other bargains Zuma made in his ascension to the Presidency, making him beholden to a range of dubious “business associates” who, like medieval Barons, have been given licence to plunder within their own spheres of influence.
How Zuma and his acolytes horribly miscalculated South Africa’s membership role in BRICS, believing a ridiculous assumption the country was joining a grouping of “equals” and that China would financially support the country – and pour money into Africa.
That the ANC’s continuous caving-in to public service trade unions has resulted in a bloating of salaries taking them to 45% above equivalents in the private sector – and a doubling of the State’s wage bill in just five years.
Why the application of economic policies which mirror the worst of the USSR were applied in South Africa and how the dogma of “socialism in one country” with its anti-business approach is destroying the tax base and instigating a capital strike by corporates.
That State finances are caught in destructive jaws of rising costs and sliding tax receipts, which means South Africa will soon be faced with one of two choices – following the ruinous path of Zimbabwe where GDP per capita is lower than it was in 1965; or accept tough terms that are certain to be imposed on an IMF bailout.
Well-written and well argued, his book is at its best describing the eye-watering corruption, nepotism and gang-violence that seem to link powerful officials in Zuma’s home province of KwaZulu-Natal to the wider ANC. … That South Africa’s black leaders appear to have fulfilled the worst predictions of their white supremacist predecessors makes uncomfortable reading. What surprises Johnson is how quickly they managed to do it.
An immensely readable and disturbing book. Let us pray that his prophecies are this time mistaken. …Ten years ago, Johnson would have been crucified for saying such things, but How Long? was greeted by an ominous silence in South Africa, making its way on to local bestseller lists without any review attention, not even attacks from Johnson’s enemies. It seems even they are reconciled to the fact that Johnson is right again: South Africa is in crisis.
Johnson’s newest book speaks to the corruption that now riddles the country’s body politic. As a result, it is increasingly up to the country’s politicians, economic and business leaders and others to explain how they, if they were in charge, would arrest the decay and reverse the process. The country clearly wants to hear such things and is increasingly hungry for solid answers.
In 1977, Johnson was taking stock of where the apartheid state stood in relation to its likely end, and his prediction was more-or-less correct: 15 years later, it was officially dead, and South Africa had a new, democratically elected government. In the new nostradamic book, Johnson seems to be talking about a similar time frame, perhaps shortened to a decade or so, but in interviews he has given a much shorter period until we hit the wall, saying South Africa has a mere two years before it has to go begging to the International Monetary Fund for a bail-out. … Johnson has a great polemical gift … punchy