When leadership in the country collapses there's a sense of despair #Spurboycott

Political analyst, Professor Somadoda Fikeni, says that South Africa could find itself experiencing what happened in the 1980's when there was consumer boycotts in the country.

Fikeni's response follows an announcement that Spur restaurant chain is going on a national listening tour to speak to customers and franchisees after a boycott by predominantly white customers.

This is after a video of a white male having an altercation with a black woman emerged on social media and later the man was banned from the restaurant chain.

Fikeni says that if Spur had not taken any action there would have been a reaction from the majority of black people.

However, he says in a society that is increasingly becoming racially polarised, every one of the role players will have to think carefully about the actions taken.

Read: Spur loses millions over social media boycott campaign

It is precisely when the leadership in the country collapses and there is a sense of despair without being pointed in a particular direction.

Prof Somadoda Fikeni, political analyst

Every little political squabble now is taken to the courts. That is an indication of the failure of leadership generally in the society.

Prof Somadoda Fikeni, political analyst

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