JOHANNESBURG - In 2011, political analyst and author Moeletsi Mbeki predicted SA's "Tunisia Day" will arrive in 2020.
This is when the masses rise against the powers that be.
Now you might have dismissed it back then, but with the way things are looking at the moment, it seems highly possible.
The year 2020 is when China estimates that its current minerals-intensive industrialisation phase will be concluded. And Mbeki wrote that for SA, this will mean the ANC government will have to cut back on social grants, which it uses to placate the poor and to get their votes.
China’s current industrialisation phase has forced up the prices of SA’s minerals. This has enabled government to finance social welfare programmes.