#80. Wonder whether SA can produce an Obama. Last night I was at University of Johannesburg listening to a panel discussion convened by The Weekender on the topic: “Can SA produce its own Obama?” The premise for the discussion was: “In the USA the system was able to produce – against all odds, defying conventional wisdom, unsupported by the party machinery and despite deeply rooted racial discrimination [sic] – a new kind of leader. Barack Obama was elected because of his values, his message and his charisma. Could our electoral system produce the “right” leader?”.
Adam Habib, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the university and panel host took on the role of “devil’s” advocate (and I am not for a minute suggesting he was pretending to be Michael Hulley) Continue reading