South Africa Population Increases By 3 Million As Government Ineffective In Stopping Violence

As South Africa continues to struggle with farm murders, white genocide, a weakening economy and attacks against immigrants, the population of the country has reportedly increased by three million since 2011. The state with the highest population is Gauteng, while the Northern Cape is the least populated with 1.9 million.

Times Live reported that the population of South Africa had increased by three million since the census was taken in 2011. Gauteng was followed by KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape. The number of households increased from 14.5 to 16.9 million with 58.7 percent of households headed by males.

The burgeoning population isn’t the only problem that South Africa has. News 24 reported that South Africa is racing to nowhere. According to the reader, who is a South African expat living in Canada, South Africa is race obsessed, and South Africans waste a lot of time arguing over what racism is and then defending racism. Canada is fast becoming a diverse nation with a mixture of Asian, African and European peoples with indigenous people mixed in. The laws of Canada apply to all, and the reader’s point was that learning to blend together is how a country builds a nation, something the reader believed that South African needed to learn.

As previously reported in Inquisitr, the South African government, led by the African National Congress, is continuing to point to apartheid as the reason that South Africa continues to fail. Apartheid ended in 1994, and the post apartheid inequality has led to many whites in South Africa living in squatter camps because the job market has largely been closed to whites. Black economic empowerment (BEE), a policy of giving preference to blacks in the job market, has contributed to whites being closed out of the job market.

The Seeker reported that corruption in South Africa is also a problem. While the country continues to flounder, President Jacob Zuma has spent millions of dollars on luxurious expenses. His critics consider him to be one of the most corrupt politicians in the world. One quarter of South Africa is unemployed while South Africa has one of the worst economies in the world.

While South Africans continue to struggle, Zuma has spent $20 million in state funds in order to upgrade his homes. In May, a parliamentary inquiry revealed that the South African government had spent over $500,000 on vehicles for Zuma’s four wives. The vehicles included an Audi and Range Rover.

Corruption also dominates the private sector as companies regularly represent themselves as being racially diverse in order to take advantage of funds available for being in compliance with BEE. Although there are many laws on the books to stop corruption, it is hard to root out because it often involves high ranking officials.

Bloomberg reported that South African President Zuma is likely to finish serving out his term in spite of the fact that he has been embroiled in multiple scandals. The last time the party removed a leader was in 2008, and it hurt the ANC.

Zuma’s leadership in South Africa has led to multiple problems including a violent riot recently in Pretoria where five people were killed. Bheki Ntshalintshali, the general secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), spoke about the conditions of South Africa and criticized the ANC’s plan to implement National Development Plan, which he said didn’t go far enough in protecting workers’ rights. A change in leadership, he said, would only hurt South Africa.

Sixty two percent of South Africa’s national assembly are held by members of the ANC. So far they have warded off the removal of Zuma from office. Shortages in housing, electricity and other basic services may undermine the support of the ANC. In addition, South Africa is currently fighting to protect its credit rating for investment.

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