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Is South Africa a ‘Failed Country'? Alan Dershorwitz Thinks So

Written by Ndesanjo Macha On 8 March 2014 @ 13:05 pm | 5 Comments

In Citizen Media, English, Politics, South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Video, Weblog

South Africans have come out in defense of their country after American lawyer and political commentator Alan Dershorwitz [1] called South Africa a “failed state [2]” while discussing the Oscar Pistorius [3] murder trial with Piers Morgan on news channel CNN.

The South African double-leg amputee runner fatally shot [4] his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013; the Olympian claims he thought she was an intruder.

American lawyer and political commentator Alan Dershowitz. Photo released under Creative Commons by Flickr user The Huntington.

American lawyer and political commentator Alan Dershowitz. Photo released under Creative Commons by Flickr user The Huntington.

Dershorwitz commented in the interview [5], “I’ve spent some time in South Africa recently, and people don’t want to hear this, but South Africa is a failed country.”

Watch Dershowitz make the assertion below:

South African economists immediately came out to dismiss his assertion [6], arguing that the South African state does not meet the factors that define a “failed state” such as widespread civil unrest, dysfunctional civil society, absence of an independent judiciary and a lack of protection for private property.

South Africans have taken to Twitter to express their outrage over and disapproval of his remark:

Some Twitter users took the opportunity to show Deshorwitz that the US is not a perfect state:

One user joked:

However, a few agreed with Dershowitz:

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URLs in this post:

[1] Alan Dershorwitz: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Dershowitz

[2] failed state: http://www.channel24.co.za/TV/News/American-lawyer-calls-SA-a-failed-country-on-CNN-while-commenting-on-the-Oscar-Pistorius-case-20140305

[3] Oscar Pistorius: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Pistorius

[4]  fatally shot: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2278492/Oscar-Pistorius-charged-MURDER-model-girlfriend-Reeva-Steenkamp.html

[5] commented in the interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=36x2MtwY8aM

[6] dismiss his assertion: http://businesstech.co.za/news/government/54009/is-south-africa-a-failed-country/

[7] #Dershowitz: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Dershowitz&src=hash

[8] March 6, 2014: https://twitter.com/MabitselaD/statuses/441563950376058881

[9] #loser: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23loser&src=hash

[10] March 6, 2014: https://twitter.com/Ben10rsa/statuses/441556841429204992

[11] @shyguy_2046: https://twitter.com/shyguy_2046

[12] March 6, 2014: https://twitter.com/chiya_ninja/statuses/441539380499341312

[13] March 6, 2014: https://twitter.com/chiya_ninja/statuses/441522932607508481

[14] #America: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23America&src=hash

[15] #African: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23African&src=hash

[16] #SouthAfrica: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SouthAfrica&src=hash

[17] http://t.co/KELL7COh2P: http://t.co/KELL7COh2P

[18] March 5, 2014: https://twitter.com/hustlechowindar/statuses/441305679475638273

[19] #dershowitz: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23dershowitz&src=hash

[20] March 6, 2014: https://twitter.com/ScreamForKyle/statuses/441466481713610752

[21] #Africa: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Africa&src=hash

[22] March 5, 2014: https://twitter.com/hustlechowindar/statuses/441313255214944256

[23] March 5, 2014: https://twitter.com/Orbiter03/statuses/441271010659414017

[24] http://t.co/wd4pOGXwZ7: http://t.co/wd4pOGXwZ7

[25] March 5, 2014: https://twitter.com/KoosRetief/statuses/441265323296452608

[26] March 5, 2014: https://twitter.com/K1D_Marz/statuses/441231970706944000

[27] March 5, 2014: https://twitter.com/kerrylanlo/statuses/441230281803300864

[28] March 5, 2014: https://twitter.com/K1D_Marz/statuses/441230072272662528

[29] @darrenmaule: https://twitter.com/darrenmaule

[30] March 6, 2014: https://twitter.com/shareezb/statuses/441637512084467713

[31] #failedcountry: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23failedcountry&src=hash

[32] March 5, 2014: https://twitter.com/Cleintoon/statuses/441232427332403202

[33] March 6, 2014: https://twitter.com/shyguy_2046/statuses/441404206969524226

[34] March 5, 2014: https://twitter.com/thabangmc/statuses/441339664302358529

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