Frans Cronje: KZN after the riots - new players take power as State's retreat a permanent fixture in small towns
Dr Frans Cronje, who recently retired after 18 years at the Institute for Race Relations, visited KZN last week to get a first hand look at what remains in the aftermath of July's riots. It confirmed his thesis that South Africa is breaking into smaller units. In the best cases, communities which stood togewther during the anarchy are stepping into the vacuum left by Pretoria. In others, the riots have literally destroyed what were once thriving towns. Cronje also shares his interpretation of the latest polls ahead of the November 1 elections, projecting continued losses for the ANC and DA, little change for the EFF and significant increases in the share of the vote for smaller parties like Action SA, FF+ and the IFP.