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Renowned British author Douglas Murray has blasted the “corrupt” South African government but believes in the potential for positive change through informed voting in the upcoming elections.


Global (20 March 2024) – Renowned British author and conservative political commentator Douglas Murray has some sobering words for South Africa, but he doesn’t believe all hope is lost yet!

Following his visit to the country, Murray did not mince his words, describing the government as “corrupt” and expressing grave concerns about the state of education and unemployment.

In an interview with Sky News Australia this morning, Murray lamented the country’s abysmally low education standards, even going so far as to claim that Somalis are better educated than South Africans. He pointed to the staggering youth unemployment rate of over 50% as evidence of the real-world consequences of misgovernance.

However, while highlighting the grim assessment of South Africa’s current situation, Murray does not abandon all hope. In fact, he believes that there is still a glimmer of possibility for positive change, particularly with the upcoming 2024 elections looming. Murray sees the forthcoming elections as a potential turning point for South Africa, a moment when the populace can wield their voting power to steer the country onto a different trajectory.

He emphasises the need for a “dramatic change of scene,” suggesting that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has squandered the goodwill it once enjoyed both domestically and internationally.

“There’s an election coming up. It’s not quite clear how it will shake out, but I would hope that the South African public will vote for a dramatic change of scene because the ANC had so much goodwill in the nineteen nineties in the country and internationally, and they’ve just spent it and spilt it in totally unforgivable ways.”

While in South Africa, Murray joined Gareth Cliff for a candid interview where he spoke about the importance of critical thinking and the truth. While he did not focus extensively on South Africa during his conversation with Cliff, his subsequent remarks to Sky News Australia stressed the gravity of his concerns for the country’s future.

Murray’s message is clear: the fate of South Africa rests in the hands of its citizens. Despite the challenges and disappointments of the present moment, he remains hopeful that through collective action and informed voting choices, South Africa can chart a new course towards prosperity and good governance.

As an influential figure with a significant following, including over 850,000 X (Twitter) followers, Murray’s words carry weight. His willingness to speak out against injustice and advocate for positive change serves as a rallying cry for those who share his concerns about South Africa’s state of affairs.

As the nation prepares to head to the polls on the 29th of May 2024, the question remains: will South Africans seize the opportunity to shape their own destiny, or will they continue to suffer the consequences of complacency and misrule? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain: the power to effect change lies within each and every citizen.

Watch both interviews below:

Sources: Sky News Australia | Podcast Party 
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