South Africa hurtling towards ‘failed state’, reveals Harvard investigation

Thursday November 30 2023

Protests over poor or non-existent 'service delivery' by local and national governments have become common in recent years.

Ihsaan Haffejee | AFP



A hard-hitting academic study by specialists at highly-regarded Harvard University in the US has concluded a series of investigations that point clearly to “collapsing state capacity” in South Africa – and a bleak outlook for the country.

The report, the finalisation of a series of nine studies over two years, and the culmination of the renowned Harvard Growth Lab’s investigations of South Africa’s rapidly deteriorating state-provided infrastructure offers little hope on current trends – and it sharply underlines the hurdles before the ruling African National Congress (ANC), just six months ahead of a national election.

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