If the protests in the United States and elsewhere are about systemic racial oppression, then South Africa’s experience is that unless toxic concentrations of political power are addressed, deep structural changes are unlikely to occur
Although the protests in the United States are clearly aimed at deep-seated systemic racism, there is a broader backdrop to the protests. What we are seeing is likely a sign of things to come
President Cyril Ramaphosa has consistently stated that the extreme measures of South Africa’s lockdown have saved lives, despite it being entirely unclear, and even unlikely, that his claim is true when one considers broader aspects of the pandemic
Some corporates, some philanthropists, and some governments, the United States in particular, have a vested interest in a global pandemic — and the stats of infection rates and deaths are useful to them.