Biko ‘wouldn’t be impressed with so-called BEE’

2010-09-07 13:39

So-called broad-based black economic empowerment (BEE) was benefiting only members of the ANC and their families, the Azanian Youth Organisation said.

In a statement marking Steve Biko Memorial Week, spokesperson Thole Somdaka said ordinary people were beginning to lose hope in the face of this “selective economic empowerment”.

Biko would not have been impressed with what was happening.

“The road ahead still requires dedication, sacrifice and clarity of vision, just like during the days of struggle,” Somdaka said.

“It is not yet time to harvest. The struggle goes on and the harvest will be better if we follow Biko’s example.”

Somdaka also bemoaned the lack of the spirit of self-reliance that Biko had advocated.

Instead, there was a general acceptance that the government had to deliver that to which people felt they were entitled.

“For how long do we think we can sustain a society whose survival is based on grants and handouts?” Somdaka said.

“This is one of the most disappointing facts about our new democracy under the ruling party.”

Biko, founder of the Black Consciousness Movement, died in September 1977 following an assault in detention by members of the police.

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