Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) President Bonang Mohale says South Africa is a failed state, with lawlessness and crime becoming an epidemic.
Speaking to ENCA, Mohale said countries, like farms or airlines, take a long time to die. “However, die, they do,” he said.
This is the case with South Africa, which is not only a failed state but also a mafia state with over ten crime syndicates operating with impunity.
“In South Africa, your chance of getting away with a crime once it is committed is over 80%,” Mohale said.
He said South Africa always had plans to improve the situation, but poor execution has let the country’s citizens down.
“First, there was the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP), then Growth, Employment, and Redistribution (GEAR), then the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (AsgiSA), and then the National Development Plan 2030,” he said.
“If there were an Olympic sport for the development of plans, South Africa would win hands down.”
However, the pathetic execution of these plans means South Africa is now topping many lists for all the wrong reasons.
- South Africa is the most unequal society in the world.
- The country has one of the highest unemployment rates globally. It is worse than many countries which are at war.
- South Africa has the highest SME failure rate in the world.
- In BRICS, new jobs created are north of 60%. In South Africa, it is south of 15%.
“All these indices show that South Africa is not teetering on becoming a failed state. We are bang in the middle of a failed state,” Mohale said.
The BUSA President said South Africa needs strong, noble leadership to drag the country out of its dismal state.
“If South Africa is going to work, it is because business has decided it will make the country work. Only business understands project management.”