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South Africa: A country run entirely by temps

South Africa is not really a country right now&mdash;it&rsquo;s an &ldquo;acting country&rdquo; full of interim officials, said an editorial in the Johannesburg <em>Mail &amp; Guardian.</em>

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Mail & Guardian

South Africa is not really a country right now—it’s an “acting country,” said the Johannesburg Mail & Guardian. None of our top officials has been elected. President Thabo Mbeki quit last fall after he was accused of interfering in a court case against his main rival, and elections won’t be held until next month. So “we have an acting president with an acting deputy.” The national police commissioner was suspended on graft charges, “and a little-known man is acting in his place.” The national prosecutor’s office is also headed by an acting chief, after the “real” one got suspended as the result of a political vendetta. The port authority has an acting chief executive, as does South African Airways. The public broadcaster’s top three positions are filled by interim appointees. It all adds up to a nation in limbo. “If we were a movie, we would be an Oscar award–winning one, with all this role-playing going on.” But this isn’t fiction. “The need for production and direction has never been greater. We hear Clint Eastwood has been in town—perhaps it’s time to give him a call.” After all, at least he once served as a mayor.

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