The Apartheid system was very successful
We all agree that the system of apartheid was officially abolished in 1994 after our first democratic elections. The majority of Blacks were over the moon because this change signalled the birth of a new system (i.e. democracy) were Blacks would have an equal chance to succeed in their own country and own resources. Apartheid might have officially ended in 1994 but its effects are still felt to this day.
The reason why Apartheid was so incredibly successful was because it received the overwhelming support of the government at the time, the private sector and the vast majority of white South Africans who basically owned the country’s resources. This system ensured that all Blacks were excluded from the economy, received inferior education and remained poor and landless for the rest of their lives. When I look at the lives of Blacks in SA, It’s not difficult to conclude that Apartheid passed with flying colours. It has made sure that Blacks become spectators in their own country.
I’ve heard on countless occasions’ people saying that Blacks are now in charge and they can turn things around, well political freedom without economic freedom is useless. Unlike the Apartheid government which received overwhelming support from the private sector and some powerful economies, the ANC government has received little support from the private sector on any of its policies that seek to redress the imbalances of the past. The private sector is currently content with doing as little as possible in ensuring that the countries vision is realised.
The ANC alone will not ensure that this country’s economy is transformed. They have demonstrated on countless occasions how scared they are of our “beloved” foreign investors by allowing the killing of mine workers in Marikana who fought for a minimum wage. They are prepared to go against the will of the people to ensure that only few enjoy the resources of the country (e.g. E tolls). By introducing E-tolls the government has just taken 10 steps backwards in its fight against poverty. The ANC is effectively ensuring that no significant change takes place in the lives of the poor. Every little cent that the poor could have used to better their lives now needs to pay for E-tolls. The ANC intentionally or unintentionally ensures that the living conditions imposed on us by Apartheid stay the same.
Anyone who believes in justice will agree that whatever was stolen from Africans should be returned. I find it strange that the same people who forcefully stole land from our grandfathers during Apartheid are now enjoying property rights under our supposedly “world class” constitution. What a joke!
To the architects of Apartheid; wherever you are, you guys did a fine job. Congratulations!
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