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Not all good in South Africa

Published: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The U.S. could learn a lot from South Africa if it was politically correct to do so.

Apartheid ended 20 years ago so everything in Johannesburg should be, by now, close to wonderful. Blacks and mixed races dominate the government and the military. This dominance has led to land and housing being freely given to nonwhites. There are now quota laws that mandate blacks be hired first, especially in the realm of education.

When the statistics are analyzed: Black-on-black crime is up; homelessness is up; poverty is up; test scores in the schools are down; welfare and single-parent families are up.

In general, crime is flourishing. Rapes occur at the rate of 360 per day. Three thousand white farmers have been murdered in the past 20 years. The total number of farmers in the nation has been reduced by 50 percent. As a result of these conditions, many South Africans are exiting stage left.

But how can this be? Why isn’t South Africa a veritable utopia? There is an old movie called “The Adventurers” that accurately depicts what usually happens after a governmental coup (which is a form of instant term limits).

Given enough time and left to its own devices, mankind always will have this problem, whereby even good intentions are flawed in their implementation and the resultant government becomes no better and often worse than the one it replaced.

Rick Justen

Wonder Lake

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