The coming year will be one of unprecedented protest, unrest and chaos as the ANC government fails to provide leadership, says William Gumede. But it will also be a year of great opportunity.
If you thought the Fees Must Fall and Save South Africa protests were big, just wait: in the coming year, South Africa will enter an era of rising public protests like we’ve not seen before. So says William Gumede, respected writer, political commentator, and now also Associate Professor at the School of Governance at the University of the Witwatersrand.
The ANC will plunge into further chaos, President Jacob Zuma will cling ever-more-tightly to power, and the ruling party will focus on the 2019 elections – to the severe cost of delivery and accountability. South Africa’s middle class will be forced out of its comfortable complacency to join the masses in the streets, says Gumede. “Each protest will have its own particular issue, but at its heart it will be manifesting the underlying national outrage at the ANC government’s failure to account and to deliver.