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Moeletsi Mbeki: SA's experiencing a low-intensity hidden civil war

Mbeki says SA is one of few where govt officials earn more than people in the private sector.

FILE: Deputy Chairman of the South African Institute of International Affairs and former President Thabo Mbeki’s brother, Moeletsi Mbeki. Picture: Moeletsi Mbeki for President Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - Political economist Moeletsi Mbeki has called on government to pay very close attention to the high level of violent protests and joblessness in the country.

Mbeki says South Africa is one of a few countries where government officials earn more than people employed in the private sector.

He says South Africa is experiencing a low-intensity hidden civil war as a result of the slow economy.

Mbeki says this is extremely dangerous.

"There are about 2.5 million civil servants in South Africa, and we have 54 million people in this country; 12 million of these people are now working."

He says, "If a few civil servants go out demonstrating compared to the 54 million, this has to be reversed."

LISTEN: Moeletsi Mbeki talks state of SA, current economic situation...