We live in a Democratic-Apartheid State

2012-11-11 18:18

When South Africa gained its independence through democracy in 1994, we celebrated the fact that our leaders were going into parliament to represent our needs and we hoped that planning in government will change to a wider perspective focusing on the desired change through the allocation of skills and resources for the benefit of the populace.

I personally thought we had gained the political, social and economic freedom; however this is not the case. I though the government would achieve the state of equilibrium and cohesion among its people.

Furthermore I thought that the government would create conducive environment to integrate the previously disadvantaged sector of the population into the national economy. I thought that the government whom we had voted for would strive to generate a prosperous and harmonious society.

I never thought that the democratic government which claims to represent the needs of the populace would exacerbate the apartheid necessities to produce political, social and economic inequality.

We live in a Democratic-Apartheid State, because during the apartheid the government of that time used apartheid to achieve social division and better living conditions for white people.

The democratic government uses democracy to exacerbate social division. The so called democratic government of the African National Congress the ruling party may claims to have implemented policies which are meant to re-distribute and empower black people, such as Black Economic Empowerment popularly known as BEE. 

However this is not the case in practice, because this policy is reshaped to empower and benefit certain group of Blacks people who are better off to maintain their “status quo” including White people.

To me BEE is not about “Black Economic Empowerment” but is Black “Elite” Empowerment, that is why, our Mostepes, Mpisanes, Ramaphosas and so forth has only benefited from such policy.

Many people who are supposed to benefits from it, deep in rural areas don’t even know about it. Now BEE is said to be BBBEE which is Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment, to me now, the ANC government is trying to be specific that they will be “broad but based on empowering Black Elite”.

The ANC legend including, John Langalibalele Dube, Govern Mbeki, Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo to mention the few were able to break down the colonial and apartheid system that was based on racial inequality. However, the current ANC leaders are creating a Democratic-Apartheid State based on political, social and economic class.

The reality is that every moment in this current political system tells a story, like when the expelled ANCYL president Julius Malema keeps on discussing his nationalisation notion. He insisted that we shall achieve “economic freedom in our life time”. Whose life time is he referring to? To the nation? I don’t think so.

If he cares about the previously disadvantaged sector of the population he was not going to demolish his house and re-build a house that would cost R16 millions while there are people on the streets who go to bad, not even bad, but under the bridge to sleep without food.

The apartheid government was better, because it was clear about its mission of social division and exclusion of Black people from social, economic, and political life rather than the so called “democratic governors” who are using democracy to achieve their own ends.

The reality is that most of the people are becoming ANC members not because they want to strive for public good, but they use it as a means and strategic tool to create a personal foundation of prosperity. The current State has just amalgamated the apartheid system and democracy to produce what I termed to be a “Democratic-Apartheid State”.

When the so called democratic government took over, I never thought that we would ever experience a case whereby Black people here in South Africa would engage themselves in protest action demanding their basic needs; some even die protesting because they are not satisfied about their social conditions.

Looking at the issue at Marikana about 34 mine workers have died at the hands of the police protesting for their needs against White Minority who’s still regulating the South African economy.

To me this is a similar instance but different context with the one occurred in Soweto June 16, 1976 where young people engaged themselves against the White minority who centralised public good for their benefits as it is today. So how can we be proud of democracy if the things that our forefathers experienced during apartheid, we still experience it even today?

In this Democratic-Apartheid State in which we live in, South African people have been so eroded and re-shaped and so entangled in a social relation of capitalist production that the unequal distribution of social, economic, and political power has become increasingly concrete, artificial and coercive.

The next decisive turning point from the current Democratic-Apartheid State to really Democracy must be reached within a few years, because within the current political system White people are still dominant and have benefited from it a lot, while few black elite people have benefited from it.

The reality is that the White people and the Black Elite which have been empowered by “Black Elite Empowerment” are the ones who exacerbate this state of Democratic-Apartheid State which we live in. They benefits social, politically and economically in terms of resources ownership at the expense of the historical dis-privilege sector of the population.

At the forefront of this current political system lay the problem of inequality, when there are still people who benefit by exploiting others, our government has a long way to go to achieve democracy. Moreover if we still conform to the system of Apartheid it would take more than a decade to achieve democracy.

The successful tool to achieve equity in social, economic and political power requires different techniques of social control than the current device which exacerbates inequality.

The government within this Democratic-Apartheid State which we live in, instead of exercising a great definition to extend negotiation in order to ensure that the state of cohesion is achieved, has not focused on that, but the state has just adopted the cautious economic posture to satisfy the international economic institutions.

Nevertheless they aspired to address the issue of socio-economic and political inequality that exist here in South Africa. The issue of inequality resulted in the downfall of apartheid system and will also do the same to ANC government if is not addressed.

True democracy can be viewed in two vital perspectives. Equality and socio-economic development. These factors are interlinked; socio-economic development should focus on improving the well-being of the people. Moreover reduce poverty and increase social, economic and political freedom, most importantly economic security.

Democracy that does not lead into human development would lead to the end of economic growth as the current political system does. To be sustainable, economic growth must be constantly nourished by the fruits of equality.

On this current political system which I have termed it “Democratic-Apartheid State the major economic institutions and political power had been unequally distributed and regulated by few Blacks-the products of Black Elite Empowerment and Majority of White.

The majority of Black people continue to be denied access to decision- making over al aspect of life, while the majority of White people and so called Black elite-including the young capitalist Julius Malema- continue to benefit from the massive discrimination in the provision of public service and unequal distribution of resources imposed by the Democratic-Apartheid State which we live in.

The democracy which I have been fantasising about is the one in which our government would create a policy that would have a vision that is area-based, i.e. policy that would focus mainly on those places that were impoverished by t apartheid and the current political system.

The problem about our current political system is that it supports the development of the developed areas while side-lining those areas where development is really needed.

Lastly, if this current system is not changing, this marks the beginning of the end of ANC ruling.

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