I listened to a Julius Malema radio interview with John Webb on 702 where he talked about the EFF’s policy of land reform and economic development. To my surprise I actually thought that JUJU made a lot of sense in this interview making a lot of points with regards to the benefits of land reform for South Africa as a whole. One of the most interesting points he mentioned was the importance of bringing about harmony and a stronger sense of brotherhood and sisterhood between the blacks and whites. It is a fact that many white people in this country still make up the overwhelming majority of residents in the most expensive suburbs and live in fear of black people. Now this is simply brought upon by the perception that black people are poor and therefore resort to crime against white people. If we all had the same share of this country’s wealth I doubt this would be the case and it is a fact that the white people of South Africa got a head start in terms of development. Maybe Malema is not the most subtle of individuals and perhaps his tone of voice distorts his message, but the fact is that he basis everything on what is happening in SA’s reality. The question we should be asking is whether or not blacks will ever be equal with whites when it comes to wealth if attempts to allow black people to catch up with head start that white people got are not made. It is almost as if the blacks and whites are living in two different worlds where one is the most poverty stricken while the other still rips the fruits from the past.
Without a shadow of a doubt this country has come a very long way since the birth of democracy but yet we still have these divisions in our society which is a simple indicator that more still needs to be done. We say that it is a South Africa for all who live in it and therefore the logic would be that its wealth should be divided equally amongst its people. The redistribution of land will go a very long way in bringing about a sense of equality and equilibrium in this country as we know that at the moment land is owned by the “Elite” and will forever be passed on to the generations who will follow them. This simply means there will be no progress in bringing about equality as some of the generations to come will be destined for poverty while others will be handed on silver plateaus acres of our beautiful South Africa. I have heard concerns of becoming another Zimbabwe if this happens but I firmly believe that will not be the case if everyone involved in the process cooperates and no individual’s land is forcefully taken from them. It is what needs to be done for the benefit of all South Africans and in the long run getting rid of all socioeconomic divisions that haunt us today.
As patriotic South Africans the wellness of all who live in this country should be kept at heart moving forward and I do understand that other means have been made to bring about balance in our society, but the fact remains and our countries reality indicates that much more still needs to be done.
BY: Zuko ZOOX Nomnganga
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