Monday, 17 February 2014

The Fall of the ANC - What Next?

The Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University (UHURU) is presenting the falling seminar on Wednesday February 19th.

Topic - The Fall of the ANC - What Next?

Presenters: Prince Mashele and Mzukisi Qobo 

PRINCE MASHELE is the Executive Director of the Centre for Politics and Research. He is a leading political commentator in South Africa and the author of The Death of our Society.

MZUKISI QOBO teaches International Political Economy at the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria, and is affiliated to the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom.

Venue: Humanities Seminar Room at Randall House Date & Time: Wednesday February 19th from 3 pm to 4:30 pm.

The seminar speaks to the presenters' recently published book (The Fall of the ANC), published by Picador Africa in 2014.

In the book, the authors argue: 'On the basis of the current state of politics in South Africa - of corruption, factionalism, the use of politics as a means of accumulation, all of which are abundant in the ANC - we have come to the conclusion that, if the party does not make a serious U-turn, it will ruin itself, and our country at the same time. This will not go on forever, for newer generations will, to avoid further ruin, act to bring about political change. We have faith in the rational capacity of human beings, even as we know that history reminds us that humankind can sometimes be foolish.'Political governance in South Africa has collapsed. Scandals of corruption, evidence of nepotism, rampant maladministration in provinces, incompetence in public offices and a general decline in the quality of leadership are there for all to see. In the authors' view, this state of affairs has its origins in the messiness and collapse of the African National Congress. As helplessness deepens in our society, concerned citizens ask: What will  happen to South Africa?

The Fall of the ANC: What Next? seeks to answer this question of the fate that awaits the country.

For any queries, contact the Director of UHURU, Professor Michael Neocosmos at