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Observers: South Africa ‘Broken’ After Parliament Fracas

In the space of four short hours last week, South Africans witnessed their stable 20-year-old democracy unravel amid scenes of chaos and violence in Parliament. Since then, many political observers and analysts are lamenting a system broken by the very political leaders elected to preserve it. “You now live in a brand new country,” wrote journalist Richard Poplak, “one that’s ensconced in a deep and very serious political crisis.” The occasion was President Jacob Zuma’s annual State...

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