“World Cup stadium offers symbol of pride tarnished by poverty and corruption” (South Africa’s Game Face Hides Problems, Mr. Barry Bearak).
The article “South Africa’s Game Face Hides Problems” (March 12, 2010): if the exceptionally high crime rates and the unfortunate assault on the Togo soccer team in Angola have not set alarm bells ringing; the prevalent problem of income inequality – exacerbated by rampant corruption and unchecked blatant violence – renders security a ticking time bomb for the 2010 World Cup.
In the short run, safety measures must be significantly enhanced. However, the ramifications of the aforementioned problems could seriously cripple growth, development in the future.
Last Friday, Premier Wen Jiabao – in his annual policy speech – pledged to tackle the challenges of graft and inequality, contending that “we will not only make the pie of social wealth bigger … but also distribute it well”. Perhaps the successful conclusion of the impending World Cup will provide the same impetus – as the Beijing Olympics did for China – for the ANC to urgently address these fundamental problems.