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Jonathan Jansen Reviews We Have Now Begun Our Descent by Justice Malala

We Have Now Begun Our Descent: How To Stop South Africa Losing Its WayVerdict: carrot

The host of The Justice Factor (why did they move this outstanding television talkshow slot to an impossible hour on a week night?) is known to be fearless in the face of power but this time he bristles with outrage and disappointment, from the opening sentences: I mean, what book starts with the words “I am angry. I am furious.” The symbols of public disgust are all too familiar — Nkandla, the Guptas and Marikana — while the actions that destroy our country are laid bare — corruption, unequal education and the gross mismanagement of the economy. Malala‘s identification of our compounding failures is not new; it is his crisp diagnosis of the problem that is riveting — a descent into crisis caused by poor leadership.

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