Inside Ideas: Lindiwe Mazibuko on accountability
by The Editor
VIDEO SERIES: Too often we use ideas without thinking about their actual component part, how they relate to other ideas and, importantly, whether or not other people undersatnd them the same way. Inside Ideas is a video series designed to explore key political concepts and what they mean. We start with a conversation with DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko MP about the idea of accountability, what it means and why it is important.
A short time after coming into office, President Jacob Zuma stated that South Africa was suffering a “crisis of accountability”. But what, exactly, did he mean? There is an argument to be made that there are two different understandings of accountability in South Africa today. On the one hand, those who believe accountability merely means offering an explanation, on the other, those who believe it must be accomapnied by consequence. In the short conversation below, Lindiwe Mazibuko discusses this misunderstanding and its implications, among other things.
For more on this idea, see this article by Anthony Butler.