The argument by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that tightening South Africa’s wealth tax regime would rebalance ... generational inequality has a fundamental flaw: it targets a “flighty” base, says an expert from the African Tax Institute.
Inflation rates of 20% or more mean that per head GDP is likely to fall, which in terms increases the chances of political upheaval, the research argues.
In most global emerging markets in 2022, even falling GDP per head has little impact on political risk, because most markets are simply too wealthy and stable, Robertson says. That, he argues, does not apply in many parts of Africa. The continent’s low-income countries face more risks when there are destabilising external events, such as the Russia-Ukraine war, because food represents a higher share of the consumer price basket than in richer economies.