Thursday, April 22, 2010
SA in a state of 'hysterical pessimism'
22 April 2010, 14:53
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South Africa is in a state of "hysterical pessimism", independent political analyst Aubrey Matshiqi said on Thursday.
This "hysterical pessimism" had arisen after controversial ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema had sung a song about "killing the farmer" and after Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging leader Eugene Terre'Blanche was killed on his Ventersdorp farm, Matshiqi said.
He was addressing a conference hosted by the Bureau of Economic Research of the University of Stellenbosch held in Sandton, Johannesburg.
Matshiqi said the state of mind of South Africans "lowers our collective IQ and compromises our ability to reason".
Even seemingly sensible people had been gripped by the pessimism.
"At such moments it is better for us to pause and reflect. Let's strike while the iron is cold, not hot."
He said the lesson of the past few weeks had been that reconciliation had been dealt a setback.
"But this doesn't mean that there is no reconciliation. It still exists." - Sapa
Comments by Sonny
This chapter is being written as we speak.
The rise and the fall of the ANC in SA!