“People who lose faith in the political system are a slippery slope to tyranny”

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This week, “In the Chair” with Lester Kiewit is Dr. Franklin Sonn Academic, businessman and former Ambassador to the United States.

  • When the electorate loses confidence in the system, it’s a slippery slope to tyranny and dictatorship, says Dr Franklin Sonn

Over 800 people voted at the Hector Peterson Library in Lwandle, Cape Town. Over 2,000 people are expected to vote at this station today. Photo: Cindy Archillies / EWN.

This week, “In the Chair” with Lester Kiewit is Dr. Franklin Sonn Academic, businessman and former Ambassador to the United States.

What does Sonn think of the upcoming elections and politics in South Africa in general, asks Lester?

Both the current ruling party and the opposition do not generate much confidence among the South African population, Afrobarmoter confirmed in its latest polls.

Political confidence in elected officials is at an all-time low and Sonn agrees that this is a major problem.

If the government fails, as it seems, with just looting, theft, abuse, and overt treatment of the voter with contempt, if it does, people turn negative.

Dr Franklin Sonn, former SA Ambassador to the United States

He says negativity on the part of the electorate has seen many examples around the world throughout history of a slide into tyranny and dictatorship from a democracy.

People lose faith in the system.

Dr Franklin Sonn, former SA Ambassador to the United States

When the Constitution has been abused to the extent that it has been abused in South Africa today, we run the risk that people will be willing to give up their rights.

Dr Franklin Sonn, former SA Ambassador to the United States

Once you are in a military dictatorship, then things go very, very badly.

Dr Franklin Sonn, former SA Ambassador to the United States

What we should do in two weeks is people should stand up and tell the government where they have failed.

Dr Franklin Sonn, former SA Ambassador to the United States

It’s time for another struggle now.

Dr Franklin Sonn, former SA Ambassador to the United States

He feels that South Africans find it difficult to speak out against corruption.

What happens then is you steal bread from hungry mouths.

Dr Franklin Sonn, former SA Ambassador to the United States


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