South Africa’s peaceful transition to democracy is widely considered a success story, but since the end of apartheid the country has suffered from endemic corruption. New York Times reporters Norimitsu Onishi and Selam Gebrekidan take an in-depth look at a government-sponsored dairy farm project in the impoverished South African town of Vrede that became a symbol for large-scale state corruption. getAbstract recommends their article to those curious about the details of the corruption scandal that contributed to the downfall of former South African president Jacob Zuma.
In this summary, you will learn
- How a failed dairy farm project became a symbol of corruption in South Africa and
- How South Africa’s transition to democracy facilitated its present corruption problem.
About the Authors
Norimitsu Onishi is the Johannesburg bureau chief of The New York Times. Selam Gebrekidan is a New York Times reporter.