Wits University Vice-chancellor and political analyst ProfessorAdam Habib suggests there is a sense of déjà vu about political events leading up to the African National Congress December conference and that in fact what we’re seeing is similar to what happened at Polokwane in 2007.
In his column in the Daily Maverick, Habib says that for the moment very few people, if any, are really discussing how to grow the economy in a sustainable way that also obeys the law and the Constitution as it currently stands.
He spoke to Stephen Grootes on The Midday Report.
2017 looks to me similar to 2007. There is enormous amount of corruption. There is enormous amount of paralysis within the state... there are divisions all over the place. There is a reemergence of an extreme view that does not understand how the economy evolves and how to enable inclusion. Effectively the politics is very similarly and I worry that we might be repeating the same mistakes as 2007 in 2017.— Adam Habib, Wits Vice- chancellor and political analyst
The kinds of solutions we are seeing are not appropriate to the challenge we have, he says.
What we have got is Chris Malikane and colleagues suggesting we have radical economic transformation, the model they are suggesting is Venezuela, he himself has acknowledged that Venezuela will create a huge backlash in economic crisis, he hasn't indicated to us how we will get out of that crisis.— Adam Habib, Wits Vice- chancellor and political analyst
We need somebody to rewrite the story line.— Adam Habib, Wits Vice- chancellor and political analyst
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