ANC official warns South Africa could become a ‘failed state’
Fikile Mbalula, the secretary general of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC), has warned that the country could become a “failed state” due to a combination of factors including power cuts, corruption, and economic crisis.
Mbalula acknowledged that the power cuts, known as load-shedding, have worsened the economic crisis and damaged confidence in the ANC government.
However, he maintained that the country was “recovering well” and defended the ANC’s economic record.
South Africa has an official unemployment rate of about 33%, and one in two young South Africans are unemployed.
The continued blackouts could have seismic political consequences for the ruling party, with elections due next year.
South Africa’s state-owned power utility Eskom has $26bn of debt and old infrastructure, leading to the country’s worst-ever power crisis.
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