South Africa, reborn in the early 1990s from the ruins of apartheid as a pluralistic democracy, is now in crisis. The country's ruling black establishment is rife with corruption and incompetence. Growing public resentment has fueled the emergence of an evil all-too-common on the continent: Afro-socialist radicalism. Led by the charismatic firebrand Julius Malema, this insurgency recently secured a spot in the country's parliament—and promptly proceeded to disrupt civil debate, stir up toxic racial resentments, and promulgate the land expropriation policies that have devastated other African economies.
In May, ReasonTV investigated the dynamics driving South Africa's decline.