Mr Ibrahim, your “concerned” article on News24 on the 17th August 2013 is disturbing.
You weren’t born in South Africa; you’re not a South African; you do not live here. You were born in Sudan and then ran off to England – so, do you think you really have any authority to speak on behalf of true-bred South Africans of all races, or are you another one who thinks he can buy his way through life because he has millions of dollars?
There are many questions, without answers: Why are you not more concerned about the country of your birth (which is a humanitarian disaster)? Did you know how many millions of Sudanese lost their lives through genocide? For at least a decade, Sudan has suffered civil war and genocide. Since 2003, approximately 400,000 Muslims and Christians have been murdered (yes – murdered!) in Darfur and 2.5 million displaced by the Khartoum-backed Janjaweed militia. What is the current status of the conflict? And, more importantly, since 1956 how many millions of Sudanese people have actually been murdered? You then, have the audacity to begin questioning the people and the laws of South Africa?
Mr Ibrahim, with respect, and honour, (which are two words sorely lacking - not only among the youth) have you actually sat back and wondered why there’s so much inequality in South Africa? Haven't you worked it out - yet? You ask: "What is going on here?" And, you are unable to answer that simple question. The mind boggles!
First of all, how did you become a philanthropist? Secondly, did you expect free hand-outs from the population, at large? Thirdly, do your children know who their parents are or did you simply disappear into the woodwork, leaving fix or six children behind, with five or six poor mothers, who, themselves, don’t know who their fathers are! Is this perhaps another of the “previous regime’s” fault? More importantly, do you make your money through racism?
You begin with: “…the country’s land policy…” I have to ask, actually, what IS the country’s land policy – in the first place? What is Sudan’s land policy? Wouldn’t your money benefit your own people, rather? Before requesting you to check history books, I’ve checked quite a few history books, myself, and I have yet to understand how nine different tribes were on the shores of the Cape when the Dutch/White tribe arrived. All the history books I’ve read and the Sites I’ve checked only mention two tribes: Hottentots and Bushmen (Koi/San). History books state that different tribes from West, East and North Africa, descended – en masse - on South Africa, once they saw it was becoming prosperous (because of development by the Dutch and Koi/San tribes)/ I mean, I don’t think these types of books are welcomed into school classrooms anymore – I’m not sure. Well, I lie, I am sure – they’re not!
You then start mentioning BEE or BEEE – don’t you ask yourself: Is it working? Has it worked? Do you think it would work in Sudan – the land of your birth? Haven’t you discovered that it isn’t working - seriously? Now, you: “… want to have a conversation on that for the sake of social cohesion..." Who, are you planning to have that conversation with? And, by the way, South Africa is not the most unequal country in the world! Get into the history books and check on various Internet sites – you’ll be surprised!
I mean, please, Mr Ibrahim how on earth can any economy or country survive when skilled people are removed from a workplace, to make way for unskilled people (many of whom don’t know where or who their parents are), who are supposed to do the same job, with the same diligence, respect, dignity and honour – because of one word: Inequality? On this subject – it’s such a pity that the United Nation’s Article 2 (7) has, repeatedly, been transgressed. Mind you, not that the UN could unite anything or anyone – as has been and is being proven on a daily 24-hour basis.
You initiated the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, which awards a $5 million (Fifty Million South African Rand) initial payment, and a $200,000 (Two Million South African Rand) annual payment for life to African heads of state who deliver security, health, education and economic development to their constituents and demon-cratically transfer power to their successors? Could you list these heads of African states who have achieved any of the above, maybe in a separate article so that we all know how much they’ve achieved with your money? Five Million US Dollars is a lot of money, Mr Ibrahim – perhaps it could have gone to create jobs and housing for the burgeoning, parent-less population in South Africa, that you’re so concerned about? Or, maybe, poured into Sudan to help the poor, unemployed, sickly, displaced, hungry Sudanese people? Just wondering….
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