It has been 36 years since Stephen Bantu Biko was brutally murdered by the apartheid government. Biko actually noted that the logic behind white domination was to prepare the black man for the subservient role despite the position that the black man held in society. The ANC government has been very several occasions been very compliant and obedient to white control. To a large extent the white colonialists have succeeded in producing at the output end of their (colonial) machine a kind of black who is man only in form.
It is a known fact that what the ANC has created an elite bourgeoisie black class who are not in touch with reality whilst majority of blacks are living in abject poverty. Biko warned against the ANC that it would sell out blacks and they did. These ANC elites are a great danger not only to themselves but to the entire black African race in SA comprising the living, the dead and the yet to be born. This stifles the black man’s development as well as weakening his standing in the international system. Biko would be ashamed of such black Africans who have lost the plot.
In a live international interview Biko once said:
“I think there is no running away from the fact that now in South Africa there is such an ill distribution of wealth that any form of political freedom which does not touch on the proper distribution of wealth will be meaningless. The whites have locked up within a small minority of themselves the greater proportion of the country’s wealth.
If we have a mere change of face of those in governing positions what is likely to happen is that black people will continue to be poor, and you will see a few blacks filtering through into the so-called bourgeoisie. Our society will be run as of yesterday. So for meaningful change to appear there needs to be an attempt at reorganising the whole economic pattern and policies within this particular country.” –Steve Biko, 1977
Biko prophesied this 36 years ago and this is what is actually happening today. Nothing has really changed in “Sunny South Africa.” Political freedom without economic freedom means nothing at all. Steve Biko, actually warned all those who were to come after him that the white liberals were not at all willing to give away their privileged position in society as to uplift their so called ‘black brothers’ from abject poverty. These white liberals as well as the other radical whites will do anything, even going to war as to maintain and preserve their grip on the South African economy. As long as their interests and privileges are safeguarded, and as long the status quo is maintained, this group of liberal whites will always pretend to sympathise with the poor black Africans but the truth of the matter is that most liberal whites don’t really care about blacks living in squalor.
All in all the black man in South Africa has become a shell, a shadow of man, completely defeated, drowning in his own misery, a slave, an ox bearing the yoke of oppression with sheepish timidity. As long as we do not own the means of production we will never be able to raise a finger to support our own black African brothers and sisters who are groaning under the yoke of poverty and multinational oppressive vices. Hence the call for nationalisation of state resources to be returned to the people so that the blacks in this country can own the means of production.
"We do not want to be reminded that it is we, the indigenous people, who are poor and exploited in the land of our birth. These are concepts which the Black Consciousness approach wishes to eradicate from the black man's mind before our society is driven to chaos by irresponsible people from Coca-cola and hamburger cultural backgrounds." –Steve Biko.
Many blacks in our midst suffer from this inferiority complex which was inherited from years of brutal white colonialism. The people from “Coca-cola” and “McDonald’s” are running the economy of this country. ANC leadership are allowing themselves to capitulate before this evil and exploitative system which has seen many black Africans wallowing in abject poverty. Dancing with a poisonous snake will never spare these traitorous brothers and sisters in the ANC from its venom when it finally turns against them.
One of South Africa’s most vociferous and brilliant sons Stephen Bantu Biko, may his legacy live on.
We shall continue where Biko left off as young people of this country to fight for economic freedom in our lifetime.
Today it is 12 September 2013, 36 years later, and we say salute to Stephen Bantu Biko, some of us have not sold out and we will ensure that our black African brothers and sisters achieve economic freedom and not just the right to vote every 5 years.
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