Poverty is reality for majority

2017-08-31 06:00

The current statistics released by the Statistician General Pali Lehotla should not shock us.

That 30 million South Africans go to bed every night with empty stomachs is not by error.

Poverty is orchestrated to benefit certain people. To prove a point, the majority of these impoverished masses are to be found in areas like Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain.

Most of these do not even begin to fathom the concept of the weak rand, nor do they know the meaning of economic growth or recession.

Yet this affects them more than any other segment of the society.

It is by choice that no one teaches them how best they can protect their lot against the fluctuation of the economy.

The 30 million South Africans are in poverty because if they can be given skills, they will ruin the benefits of the rich people.

If they are self-sufficient they will not vote for governments social grants or food parcels.

It is not by mistake that there is a document speaking of selling Telkom to save SAA.

To me its no shock at all when I hear that 3 out of 4 people go to bed with an empty stomach.

When the downgrading happened, Water and Sanitation Department Minister Nomvula Mokonyane arrogantly stated that “They must continue to drop it and we will just pick it up and run with it,” she spoke as if she was referring to a candy, yet was referring to the currency, which affects our economy.

Until we take off the corruption in the government, we will hear more about the statistics of poverty, which for many of us is the reality of the state of our economy.

As those who know and see what is happening, we owe it to ourselves to unlock the mental chains that are pitted against the marginalised majority and for the benefit of the rich few.

Its about time that we speak out loud and condemn this act of cruelty towards the society.

Thembalethu qolo Nyanga

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