In his new book _Democracy & Delusion: 10 Myths in South African Politics, a_ctivist and author Sizwe Mpfou-Walsh aims to spark a different conversation on democracy in South Africa.
Mpofu-Walsh deconstructs some of the myths that are commonly held by the general population, one of which he says is the 'rainbow mythology'.
He says the notion that South Africa has made great strides and is marching towards progress is not true. He says the country has made dramatic reversals.
We have made dramatic reversals particularly over the last 10 years, where we claim to have made amazing achievements when you look deeper those achievements are hollow, they are insecure and living conditions particularity on the last decade have declined at an alarming and scary rate.— Sizwe Mpofu - Walsh, activist and author
Mpofu - Walsh is also critical of the African National Congress' (ANC) claims around service delivery, as well as the standard of living in the country.
Comparing income with wealth he says government excludes the economy when referring to the improvement of living conditions.
People exist inside an economy and their living conditions are first and foremost determined by that economy so if unemployment is sky rocketing and higher than it was at 94, if poverty is 50% of the population... then how are people's living condition better when they exist in an economy where those measures are all increasing at a scandalous rate?— Sizwe Mpofu - Walsh, activist and author
Black South Africans own no wealth, it is a negligible amount of wealth... the so called black middle class is just an indebted class.— Sizwe Mpofu - Walsh, activist and author
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This article first appeared on 702 : In conversation with Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh - Democracy & Delusion