Constitutional law expert supports wealth tax

2011-08-15 22:25

Johannesburg - Constitutional law expert Pierre de Vos came out in support on Monday of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu's call for a once-off wealth tax imposed on those who benefited from apartheid.

"Not only is a wealth tax on white South Africans who earn a minimum amount of money constitutionally valid," De Vos wrote on his blog, Constitutionally Speaking. "It is also an important and welcome idea that must be supported by all right-thinking South Africans with even a smidgen of a conscience or common sense."

The tax would be a small gesture towards reconciliation and redress, he said.

"If I had been born black and poor, I almost certainly would not have gone to University and I would almost certainly never have been a Law Professor at UCT [University of Cape Town], earning quite a nice salary, thank you."

De Vos criticised the FW de Klerk Foundation for rejecting the idea of a reparations tax, and for saying in a media statement that it would be unconstitutional to do so.

"Such measures are not 'reverse discrimination' or 'positive discrimination' but are rather 'integral to the reach of our equality protection'."

ConCourt ruling

De Vos cited a ruling that was handed down by the Constitutional Court, titled Minister of Finance versus Mr Van Heerden in July 2004.

In this case, Van Heerden had complained that parliamentarians who first joined parliament in 1994 were getting better pension benefits over a five-year period than those who were parliamentarians in the apartheid era.

"Mr Van Heerden, an old apartheid era parliamentarian, complained that the scheme discriminated against whites because the vast majority of new parliamentarians in 1994 were black and those who served before 1994 were mostly white.

"The court rejected this argument, pointing out that Mr Van Heerden was still going to be far better off in terms of his pension than any parliamentarian who entered parliament in 1994 for the first time."

De Vos argued that this judgment supported Tutu's idea of a once-off reparation tax, which the Archbishop again raised during a lecture at the University of Stellenbosch last week, in reference to a recommendation made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

"A once-off wealth tax imposed on white South Africans who earn more than a certain amount as a small gesture towards reconciliation and redress would almost certainly pass the Van Heerden threshold because whether one supported apartheid or struggled against it, one invariably benefited from it if one is a white South African (whether born before or after 1994)," said De Vos.

Annual tax

He would go even further and suggest that an annual tax be imposed for up to two years.

"Why not impose such a tax of – say – two percent or three percent of one’s annual income for a period of a year or two and then divert that tax into a special fund, administered by a respected panel of experts...

"How many school libraries could be built with that money? How many fully stocked laboratories could be built with that money? How many soccer fields and pavilions could be erected with that money?

"How many new computer labs with internet access could be provided to students who now can only dream of having access to computers and the internet?," asked De Vos.

"The problem is, of course, that some white people – out of shame or ignorance or maybe a bit of both – do not want to admit that white South Africans almost all benefited from apartheid."

  • pants - 2011-08-15 22:41

    mmmm....lawyers, politicians and clergymen.... need I say more?

      Donovan Jackson - 2011-08-15 22:59

      Yes, estate agents. That is all :P

      cliffarc - 2011-08-15 23:47

      - And who pulled this De Vos's chain anyway ? Scr$w him and his neo- liberal apologist ideals.

      Felix - 2011-08-16 08:17

      Used car salesmen!

      Roman Moroni - 2011-08-16 09:28

      Brokers of any kind, and bankers, Telesales people, But Real Estate Agents take the cake!!!!

  • pants - 2011-08-15 22:42

    p.s No particular order.

      OZNOB - 2011-08-15 22:56


  • Avguy - 2011-08-15 22:43

    Will the People who are benefiting from the Current corrupt regime also be taxed? I thought not.

      daaidoos - 2011-08-16 06:21

      will Malemarse also have to pay the tax? oh no sorry I forgot he is poor

      Ryan Tunney - 2011-08-16 06:49

      What amazes me is that before Apartheid blacks never had the right to vote, they never had education, never owned any land, never had the right differ from the views of their chief and they were OK with that. THeir own chiefs oppressed them way before apartheid and blacks were happy with that. So why were they unhappy with it when Apartheid denied them the same rights?? Is it because Apartheid was a convenient guilt trip to get something you would never have had before?

      BokomoWeetbi - 2011-08-16 09:13

      They will rot in jail

  • iamasouthafr - 2011-08-15 22:45

    I agree but it will have to be closely monitored and have nothing to do with the ANC.

      Anonymus - 2011-08-15 23:03

      but it has every thing to do with the ANC! they still live in the past. if 100 years pass the blacks will still be expected remuneration from white folks. that is the only way they can justify their existance.. give me, give me, give me!!

      fjoub - 2011-08-16 07:59

      Yes, another bucket of money for the corrupt government to benefit from

      Roman Moroni - 2011-08-16 09:29

      Dream on mate, "nothing to do with the ANC" - rotlmao!!! And I wonder what the threshold will be, i.e. above what salary the tax will kick in?

  • John za - 2011-08-15 22:46

    More money for the gravy train - they take plenty from me already - why dont they spend it more wisely?

      John za - 2011-08-15 23:02

      I hope the person that pressed the thumbs down button actually missed the thumbs up button

      daaidoos - 2011-08-16 06:22

      yip and once they have blown the wealth tax they will think of some other way to steal your money

      R013 - 2011-08-16 10:01

      "How many school libraries could be built with that money? ..." - Isn't that what our normal Tax is supposed to be used for? This is an absolute joke!

  • maya die by - 2011-08-15 22:49

    I am white - not wealthy - no wealth tax for me - thanks! I already pay each month and never get a thank you!

      420 - 2011-08-16 00:56

      30% of tax payers, pay 80% of all taxes... makes you think hey? Why doesnt the rest of SA get off its ass and do something constructive instead of looking for hand-outs... Trying to stay positive, but its getting harder and harder when we are constantly bombarded with ridiculous statements like the one above from our "leaders"...

      karlkat - 2011-08-16 07:17

      WTF?????? What about all the billions which was stolen by means of fraud and dodgy tender processes. They can go and ..... themselves

  • Atoombom - 2011-08-15 22:50

    And you too,Pierre de Vos, can polish my knobb. JY kruip gat by die ANC, jou looser. Jy help seker lekker steel op die oomblik

      slg - 2011-08-15 23:11

      Love it!

      iamasouthafr - 2011-08-16 08:06

      @Johan - and so what if he does?

  • shiona harris - 2011-08-15 22:51

    how many more people will leave the country. bad enough we are going to pay for the new road taxes, the new health taxes and now apartheid tax. unfair just because we are white, i didn't support apartheid why must i be taxed now.

  • Moersteen - 2011-08-15 22:52

    I would support this tax, if it was once-off, and managed by a incorruptible, independent, audited organisation, and one could clearly see the money being applied for the good of the community. But if the government wants to manage it, I strongly oppose it, as I have no trust in them using the money for what it was intended.

      Doublepost - 2011-08-15 23:03

      They said it was "once off" the last time. This "tax" was payed years ago!

      Goddok - 2011-08-16 04:34

      @Moersteen we paid a retribution tax previously. They must explain what that was for.

      MalemaSeMoeder - 2011-08-16 06:00

      The problem is that even if the money is being managed by a reputable company, they would only employ this funds in areas where the government has has already stolen from or will steal funds dedicated for this area in future.

      Marcus Westin - 2011-08-16 08:51

      Everyone knows the government will just keep this money to themselves. They are hoarding so much money and offshore as well.

  • Jamesons - 2011-08-15 22:52

    100 million on a youth festival - that could have built libaries. GET RID OF THIS ANC and money will be spent better

      Anonymus - 2011-08-15 23:04

      a couple billion to Swaziland and who know what they have given to uncle bob across the border. they send money every where else expet to the place it belong and can help most..... South Africa!!

  • Lestor - 2011-08-15 22:55

    Put simply if there is a tax based on race I am gone. I see no reason to stay in a country that punishes me for something I had no choice in. Whether I benefited or not I had no choice in the matter. When I have other options I refuse to be punished for something I played no part in, benefited or not. I am the only white person in my university class, as far as I see it I am on equal terms with them, so no I won't pay some extra tax that they will not have to pay.

      resiststance - 2011-08-15 23:13

      Agreed. I'm out of here the instant I see anything like this even come close to passing, the small company I co-run will be gone as well. This country seems determined to wreck itself by constantly looking backwards instead of forwards.

      cliffarc - 2011-08-15 23:38

      - A mass exodus is on it's way. I refuse to be held to ransom any longer.

      daaidoos - 2011-08-16 06:25

      go boy

      Donovan Jackson - 2011-08-16 07:44

      Uh, guys, don't wait for it, if you can, get out as soon as possible. Don't wait for Mangaung 2012.

      zulufox - 2011-08-16 08:08

      then go...

      Roman Moroni - 2011-08-16 09:32

      A few are seeing the light and using their common sense. Well done my fellow strugglers...

  • TinaM - 2011-08-15 22:55

    this is ridiculous - rather restructure the failing BEE system!

  • BrokenLink - 2011-08-15 22:56

    Aaaah do you feel guilty? Did you punch a black guy 20 years ago? Based on the fact that my father spend 3 years in the army because of apartheid, I assume I will then receive 3 years pay that he could have earned? I had nothing to do with apartheid, they can make a voluntary tax for people like you who made money out of the unjust system.

  • Doublepost - 2011-08-15 22:56

    De Vos, another "Useful Idiot" telling us how and what to think. Hey De Vos, you do realise that there is nothing stopping you from Imposing that tax on yourself, right? Here's a thought, why don't you and your Apologetic losers do the "right thing" and pay your White Guilt Tax! Then you can claim that your "free" until such a time that Dessi brings out the Apartheid "Guilt" machine again! Oohhh! Another thought, just for you De P@ES. If Whites have to pay this silly Wealth Tax, which was paid already, funny they seem to forget that. Anyway, if we pay this, do we get compensated for all our tax money that went to building the ENTIRE COUNTRY that was given to the ANC for NOTHING?! Just asking, tis all!

      RFreeThinker - 2011-08-15 23:23

      True. Mr De Voss can ease his conscience by giving half his wealth to the ANC Youth League. I think he should do that for his conscience is so eating at his psyche that he is incapable of making coherent, cogent arguments. I say he shows us and donates 50% of his assets to the poor.

      allie - 2011-08-16 08:15

      Net soos Tutu,het jy nou vir jouself n gat gegrawe.Waneer ons respek vir jou verloor dan vreet die media jou gat uit.Kyk maar hoe lank jy nou gaan hou na jou slimmigheid en gatkruipery.En kry vir jou n ordentlike werk,want leegle is die duiwel se oorkussing.

  • maya die by - 2011-08-15 22:56

    PS - Hi Pierre ... we as the white community nominate you to be the only and soul sponsor of this white tax - thank you mate! I know someone in government that works just 1 x signature away from zuma, and he says there is SO MUCH MONEY in government, but because they can NOT resource and PLAN, they do not want to help the poor, because they want the poor to remain poor, to keep them in power - get it, Pierre! So your little white tax is just going to sit on MORE white tax, where nothing is being done with it because they DON'T want to help there own people! Thus ANS supporters know this - your own government can build each one a house (the money is no problem) - they just can not do the work and dont want to help you, because when you are helped, you will not be in NEED of them anymore ...

      Doublepost - 2011-08-15 23:11

      We should make an online petition. The Pierre Tax!

  • Donovan Jackson - 2011-08-15 22:57

    I was also born poor and never had the opportunity to go to uni. What do I qualify for?

      aps - 2011-08-16 08:25

      My dad worked underground in a gold mine all his life and died of pthysis at 60. Throughout my school years I knew there would not be an opportunity to go to university, and when I left school after matric I started working at the CNA. Built my life up from there, everything I own (which hasn't been stolen in too many robberies to mention) was paid for by HARD WORK. I have nothing to regret.

      Johnny - 2011-08-16 08:50

      @APS, what the robbers dont steal, the government will

  • Gunner - 2011-08-15 22:59

    It would seem that those who benefited the most from apartheid are the same crowd that currently contributes the most (in the form of income tax) to today's government and gets the least back. One would think that that is compensation enough.

  • Anonymus - 2011-08-15 23:00

    if this comes true it is time to revolt agaist the system! I am not paying some lazy pedi jelly baby wealth tax!!

      Anonymus - 2011-08-16 10:00

      they taxed us in 1995 and possibly now. what says they will not tax again in the next 5 or 10 years again? they will forever have chip on their shoulder about white people. this wont go away unless we stand up and tell them to heck with your taxes! they can wealth tax their fellow comrades.

  • Doublepost - 2011-08-15 23:01

    "How many school libraries could be built with that money? How many fully stocked laboratories could be built with that money? How many soccer fields and pavilions could be erected with that money?" Will read, after the money is given. "How many ANC mansions could be built with that money? How many fully kitted AMG Mercs, for our MPs, could be brought with that money? How many Jacuzzies and Sushi bars, with Models, could be erected with that money?

      ProudofPink - 2011-08-15 23:38

      Not only that, but what have they done with the money they already have? If the ANC weren't a bunch of corrupt thieves, they would already have their libraries and schools etc. but because they vote for the biggest crime syndicate ever, they have nothing and will for eternity have nothing so long as the ANC-PF is in power. I for one, am sorry for NOTHING and pay enough as it is in ridiculous taxes for which I benefit absolutely NOTHING! They can take this wealth tax and shove it where the sun don't shine.

  • Fed-Up - 2011-08-15 23:05

    Why? during apartheid there were sanctions, there was a war, there was national service there were homelands - all cost billions, now we can buy oil on the open market at market prices, we can sell our goods, no more puppet homelands to support, no more sanctions and sanction busting, no war in Angola costing millions a day and still these buffoons in charge can not make the budget work! Why because they steal us blind or waste millions by putting incompetent idiots in positions that they can not even do the job! And then I must be taxed extra for putting up with it? In apartheid, fewer whites without computers managed municipal accounts and it worked! These people in charge now can not even arrange a p!ss-up in a brewery - and then I must pay extra? Over and above my 40% income tax, my 14%VAT, my ludicrous rates and taxes that can not even fix a pothole in my road, Astronomical electricity for a company that can not even provide enough and the directors get HUGE bonuses The tax base increased - there are many rich blacks as well. So I will not pay a sent - I will use my privileged white apartheid education and go and live in another country that will appreciate my skills! ?? Oops sorry I meant I LEFT I am in the UK - here they have already arrested, processed and sentenced the rioters - the courts stayed open through the night and on Sunday to deal with the backlog! Eish - that is why things weck here in the UK and things are typically African there

      Fredjohn - 2011-08-16 09:57

      The story of AFRICA is handouts. I am white and moved to Canada after living in South Africa for 55 years. Here as an immigrant I have more rights than in my Country of birth. The time for the WHITE man in AFRICA is over.

  • MarkL - 2011-08-15 23:07

    the only crime you get punished for in the banana country is for being white. So how long do I ask you will the failures of the ANC be blamed on me? I tell you what - stop the corruption and theft from people like Zuma and Malema. Stop burning down every new school with it's new computers, stop burning trains, stop breaking down toilets and everything that gets built for people that have no desire to improve in anyway other than stand with two hands begging. And then I will pay you the tax you believe you deserve. My money is safe. And you are an idiot Vos!

      birdman - 2011-08-16 08:56

      The begging hands start at the age of 3 years old. When a black child in a rural village sees a white person, they stand with their hands out and shout for iMali. "Geeve mee munny!" This obviously is an inbred thing that is taught to them by their parents. The whites will give you money! If the black nation wants to better themselves and rise above the grinding poverty - they must undertake to have fewer children - just like the whites. But when you have 8 mouths to feed on your government grant, no job and total dispair - you cannot blame the whites! Only Zuma can afford 5 wives and 20 children!

  • slg - 2011-08-15 23:08

    As long as it includes those who have benefited from BEE deals as well, which has seen one of the fastest and biggest give-aways of wealth in history, probably rivaled only by that of Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union.

  • Doublepost - 2011-08-15 23:08

    "administered by a respected panel of experts..." BUhahahahahaahhhahahahahaahahahhaahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahah! LOL!

      slg - 2011-08-15 23:26

      This is the second-best comment after Atombombs "polish my knob". :) :)

      Doublepost - 2011-08-15 23:27

      Even De Vos must have be laughing his ARSE off when he made that comment!

  • RDE - 2011-08-15 23:11

    Aparthied was a corrupt evil system. Current corruption is an evil system. Both have or are screwing our country. Both have or are causing huge race issues. So therefore when will the rich blacks like Zuma clan, Mandela clan, Juju clan etc. be subject to a black wealth tax? When will they do their duty and also help to build libraries etc. with the wealth they now have? Ironically, they are benefiting because of their role in the struggle. Therefore they have ALSO benefitted from Aparthied. If there was no Apartheid in the first place, where would they be? But they became struggle heros because of Apartheid. They ended up in leadership positions today because of their struggle against Apartheid. So they have gotten benefit because of Apartheid. El be it the demise of Apartheid. Tutu - even you have gotten gain out of Apartheid and your resistence to it. Do you think you would have gotten the Nobel prize and all those lekker lecture jobs etc. in USA if there was no Apartheid? No you would just have been a minister in Cape Town and the world would not know who the hell you are. So big mouth Tutu - when are you going to help build some libraries and give up some of your cash for you brothers from another mother? Huh big mouth - put your money were your mouth is boet. You and Zuma etc. also pay a wealth tax cause you guys are wealth and have benefitted far more from Apartheid than most whites. Think before you come up with stupid idiotic statements.

      maya die by - 2011-08-15 23:18

      agree 100%

      frankm - 2011-08-16 00:27

      100% on the mark, well said

  • edalsg - 2011-08-15 23:12

    Exactly as the Nazis started with the jews : You better get rid of your gold teeth NOW.

      RFreeThinker - 2011-08-15 23:30

      Nazis were National SOCIALISTS. This is National (reverse racism) with Socialism (forced taxation). It's history repeating itself.

      Ryan Tunney - 2011-08-16 06:12

      Does this idiot de Vos really think we believe what he has to say?? Go and screw yourself Pierre de Vos!! I have no shame or guilt....

      umlaut - 2011-08-16 08:20

      White skin makes better soap also--we must get rid of our white skins--in the Oprah show they showed a YT that drank pills to get his skin dark-it worked like a charm until the racism in America became too much for him.

  • roboman1 - 2011-08-15 23:12

    I have no problem with a wealth tax, but it must not be on the grounds of race, it must be on the grounds of wealth. If a black man is a billionaire in such a short space of time, he has benefited from apartheid, by the reverse thereof, and this has not being to the benefit of the poor or politically disadvantaged. If I have to pay a wealth tax purely on the basis of race, I will refuse and and feel no guilt at the emigration and migration of my and other peoples capital from SA. The same is applicable to certain blacks who were millionaires prior to the democratisation of RSA, if they were already millionaires under the apartheid government, then they should also pay a wealth tax. i.e. Have a wealth tax by all means, but base it on wealth, not on race.

      ProudofPink - 2011-08-15 23:40

      The wealthy already pay too much and receive zilch in return. Why should someone be penalised because they got off their backsides to make life a bit better for themselves? One helluva non-motivation for anyone to achieve anything because the minute you do, you're taxed to hell and back.

  • roboman1 - 2011-08-15 23:13

    The premier of the Limpopo is extremely wealthy, rudely so, let him pay a wealth tax, this money has being acquired in a reverse mechanism with political influence. Ditto the Zuma family, only 6 or so years ago they were scrambling a few indians for a 500 000 alleged pay off, which Shaik spent some brief jail time for, now the sons and sons in laws are doing deals worth billions, tax them as well. So by all means proceed, but remember to trade out against the wealth tax all landclaims, BEE and AA regulations and laws, so that we are not disadvantaging my children to such an extent that more of us take our wealth, capital and particularly skills elsewhere. Remember we are also the major current tax payers, and in many entrepreneurial cases the current drivers via small business. Many of these people employ 10 or more people and pay good taxes and are the lowest users of the tax money. (They primarily use private education, private hospitals and private security, because the states "nationalisation" of these facilities has made them useless to the extreme). Remember that you still require rates etc, most of the "wealthy" pay rates at a premium to their own use, i.e. the bulk of Sandton rates money goes elsewhere, to non rate paying areas to provides services.

  • roboman1 - 2011-08-15 23:13

    Drive between Acornhoek and White River in Mpumulanga and look at the extent of the services provided there to no rate payers. It's huge, and good, I am glad they have it, but do not discount who is paying for it. How many bites at one pie does the government expect to take before they end up biting their own fingers? So yes, tax the wealthy, but then give them some value, deliver to the poor and let them know who funded it. Remove landclaims and the constant threat of nationalistion so that our economy can grow and create more jobs. Just remember, do not insulate yourself to the extent that you start believing that the wealthy only got there because of apartheid, they had drive, focus, motivation, intellect and opportunity, not just opportunity, so do not chase those people away, because there is a point of no return, where the capital, intellectual and monetary, picks up and re-locates. I am pro a wealth tax, but I do not subscribe to the merry bishop's racist view on this issue. (More is the pity that he said it the way he did, because I am a reasonable admirer of the good Bishop)

  • Al Chemist - 2011-08-15 23:14

    I was born at the end of apartheid, yet I constantly feel like i'm being punished for something I had nothing to do with. After these last comments from Desmond Tutu, I've lost complete and utter respect for him. I think its time to move to greener pastures, where i wont be punished for having ambitions in life

  • Twoplusthree - 2011-08-15 23:14

    Vossie, you can kiss my lilly white R S. Expert - lmfga

  • frankm - 2011-08-15 23:14

    I am already paying a heavy price for the sins of my fathers, i.e. I cannot get a decent job due to the fact that I am white and a male. Everywhere I apply, "Sorry due to our BBBEEE criteria we cannot consider you". So WTF, now you want to tax me as well,...... you can all go and get f&&ed

  • RFreeThinker - 2011-08-15 23:18

    "Not only is a wealth tax on white South Africans who earn a minimum amount of money constitutionally valid," - since the constitution can be amended by a 2/3 majority, murder itself can be legalised in the constitution. "It is also an important" - begs the question, why is it so important. Please prove to us this is the best way of achieving a better SA for all. "and welcome idea that must be supported by all right-thinking South Africans with even a smidgen of a conscience or common sense." This is a tautology. A right thinking person is hopefully one who uses common sense. Besides, taxing people will not create more jobs or allow people to invest in SA. Sorry but these are Nazi tactics. Hitler tried something similar, Jews were seen as parasites on Germanic Germans. Hence their property was confiscated by force as payback for hundreds of years of perceived Jewish plunder of Germanic Germans. This is just Marxism with reverse racism to boot, as said Hitler would be proud. No doubt De Voss would support the Nazis too in 1937.

      Doublepost - 2011-08-15 23:22

      Nazism was a leftist ideology. National Socialism. Therefore Leftists like De Vos would fit right in!

      RFreeThinker - 2011-08-15 23:27

      True Doublepost. Nazis were Marxist. What's with all these clowns wanting to take other peoples' money. Has the govt not wasted enough of it? If all the taxpayers are gone, who will pay tax? Of course pigs at a trough don't think too far into the future. They want to eat now, but what about the next 10 or 20 years?

      Komasa - 2011-08-15 23:31

      Doublepost I don't think you know your left from your right. Nazism is far, very far, right.

      Doublepost - 2011-08-15 23:35

      Komasa, why not go and read up what Nazism actually is! It's leftist buddy, not right. Leftists will use it to smear those on the right, but that's what Leftists do!

      RFreeThinker - 2011-08-15 23:35

      Komasa, Nazis were NATIONAL SOCIALISTS. They were followers of Marx and introduced his policies. The country was run as a command economy. Just that it was a competing system to Soviet style Bolshevik Communism. Nazis were not far right in the Conservative sense. That is a modern myth.

      RFreeThinker - 2011-08-15 23:39

      Komasa thinks a National Socialist Workers Party was not leftist but right wing. It was pure left wing buddy. It's the type of government you want for this country - Hitler, Pol Pot, Stalin etc.

      Komasa - 2011-08-15 23:52

      @Doublepost and @RFreeThinker Nazism was founded out of the far right German volkisch nationalist movement and the violent anti-communist Freikorps paramilitary culture. The ideology was created by Anton Drexler to draw workers away from communism into volkisch nationalism. Doublepost it is past your bedtime 'buddy'.

      Doublepost - 2011-08-15 23:58

      Komasa, didn't someone explain to you that copying and pasting from Wiki is a dumbass thing to do!? None of it is verified and posted as a simple explanation for kids. Which means it if often wrong in the sense that it is based on OPINION rather than fact.

      Komasa - 2011-08-15 23:58

      I see the two of you follow each other around patting each other on the back, PE is a small place.

      Doublepost - 2011-08-15 23:59

      PE?! Lol, I live in Cape Town mate!

      Komasa - 2011-08-16 00:06

      You said I must read up on it and that is what I read. Any other suggestions 'mate'.

      Doublepost - 2011-08-16 00:25

      I have to go to bed now Komaso, you know, working and all. I will leave you with a quote from Hitler himself. "We are socialists, we are enemies of today’s capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are determined to destroy this system under all conditions." Taken from his speech in 1927. Sound familiar?! A statement like this could be coming straight from Malema himself and you wouldn't think otherwise. You know why because it is all Leftist, that's why! Do not confuse Nationalism with Nazism, they are two very different things. One believes in the "Master Race" and the other believes in the ability of Nations. A Nationalist, like myself, supports the right of every other person on this planet to their own NATION based on their culture and their beliefs. Nazism believed in the Ayran Race much like people today believe in the Holier than thou "Human Race" and they believe that we are all the same and have no difference and those that believe there are differences must be destroyed and taken care of, even if it means KILLING THEM! Yes, Komasa, today's Liberalism has so much in common with Nazism yet they will do all in their power to smear all Nationalist thinking people with the Nazi brush!

      Komasa - 2011-08-16 01:01

      Doublepost I am not confusing Nationalism and Nazism as Nazism is an ideology on it's own which incorporated nationalism, which has socialistic tendecies but is not socialism. What I am disputing is which side of the political spectrum it resides on.

      Doublepost - 2011-08-16 09:10

      Komasa, Hitler was not a Nationalist, for he believed that if you are weak you deserved to be conquered. He did not respect different Nations right to exist. Many people perceive Right Wing politics to be the enemy of "people of colour" and they don't realise that they couldn't be more wrong. Most Nationalists don't want to have blacks slaves or oppress blacks, we want our own country and we respect the right for blacks to have their own countries too, as with indians, chinese and everyone else. We also disagree with uncontrolled Immigration and believe that each country needs to sort out their own issues without interference from others. In other words, Komasa, we don't like Imperialism and actually fought against it with all our hearts, bodies and minds during the Boer War. Right Wing politics believes in the Conservative approach to politics, not the progressive. We like to prove that a certain method works before implementing it on a large scale. The whole idea that we don't move with the times is ludicrous, of course we do. We just do it "conservatively" so as not to destroy the balance that many countries exist upon. When you rush head first into "progressive" policies you end up with the Riots in Britain, you end up with problems you have no way in hell to correct without being massively cruel. Imagine Britain today if they had merely managed their policies correctly and had proper controlled Immigration?!

  • Muhammud - 2011-08-15 23:21

    whites r gonna love this them pay ...they benefitted for like 40 years .got jobs , education at the cost of other groups but god forbid they pay 2 or 3 % tax.phew....

      maya die by - 2011-08-15 23:24

      what 'god' are your referring to? Trust me the REAL GOD will protect HIS children (black or white)!

      Doublepost - 2011-08-15 23:31

      Whites brought Education and technical Expertise with them. It's ours and was never stolen from blacks at all. What makes it Whites responsibility to educate blacks? Oh and we already pay close to 50 % of our income earned through various means of taxation, so this will mean that White's are paying more than HALF OF WHAT THEY EARN and get nothing back in return. Oh wait, that's a lie. We do get all the blame!

      RFreeThinker - 2011-08-15 23:32

      Hey what with all the Arab slave traders eh? Whites ended slavery way before your kin. Go to the Middle East and see how racist the ads for jobs are.

      ProudofPink - 2011-08-16 02:26

      Oi Muhammud, go put your suicide bomber jacket on but only after you've put the dish cloth on your head freak!

  • Des - 2011-08-15 23:22

    GATKRUIPER !!!!!!

  • Alpha - 2011-08-15 23:23

    I would pay this tax if I never have to hear the words "Its Apartheids fault" and ".. but you benefited from Apartheid." again. But there is 2 reasons I won't 1) Because of the violence, over taxation and high prices of everything in SA I can't afford it. I'm currently in a situation where I might have to sell my car and house because I can't make ends meet 2) I will never stop hearing "It's Apartheids fault", because it is a easy scape goat for lazy people with a chip on their shoulders who is looking at everbody but themselves to blame for their miserable and worthless lives. If you don't respect yourselve(s) nobody else will.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-15 23:25

    Another overpaid idiot that is out of touch with the real world!

  • jesus - 2011-08-15 23:25

    Sweet, I would support this guilt tax ... Provided that once we whiteys have paid it all laws that currently discriminate against us are abolished. Fair is fair ou pel!

  • Kobus Laubscher - 2011-08-15 23:26

    Soon Whites will realize that while they still have the economic power, that they can use that power and stop paying taxes. If this is an well organized effort from every individual we can crush this useless ANC goverment and redirect this country to success.

  • maya die by - 2011-08-15 23:27

    Can’t tutu be taken to the equality court for saying this "white tax" thing? Maybe I can sue for ... think 100 mil will do! Tax free 100 mil

      umlaut - 2011-08-16 08:33

      Yes of course--let this cloth fool pay a penalty--great!!!Maybe he will also pay his fine in cash from his Trust Fund.

  • Bart Zimzon - 2011-08-15 23:27

    Here the problem is that they will NEVER get a "well respected team" together. Where can you find "well respected people" in government? so, relax, it's not going to happen. Nzimande will have to groom some "well respected" people first.

  • Vince York - 2011-08-15 23:28

    ......administered by a respected panel of experts...????? in South Africa? I very much doubt there isn't any fund (very little TRUST here today) that was either created with the firm intention of transformed laundering and/or pooling of excessive commissions from prearranged and prepared and aligned transformed tender contracts for decades and as for panel of 'respected' experts - well we might just as well ask your friend next door, Robert Mugabe of 20,000 purged deaths, to administer the fund - or possibly our very own Malema or Mabe or any Ntsaluba for that matter!

  • daniersa - 2011-08-15 23:31

    And the taxes for those corruption tenders??

  • jvl - 2011-08-15 23:34

    Most white people that benefitted have already left the country for greener pastures,most left here, don't have the old riches behind them,and have to make there own way as immigration and citizenship needs lots of money .Now you are chasing the youg educated away,what time frame do you want to use for this "tax"

  • Tired - 2011-08-15 23:35

    It will not stop there. Firstly the money will be wasted and into corrupt officials pockets.Secondly you will have to give something else next time. And then more. Even if there is no more white people in SA they will blame things on Apartheid. Thats why they cant progress on there own. We didn't blame the British for everything in SA we went out and work hard and uplift all. 17 years and we going backwards? Be realistic this is only a temporary solution.

  • TreeRat - 2011-08-15 23:35

    It is practically impossible to implement, and if implemented, in 17 years time a new leader of ANCYL will probably once again call for white people to hand over their property. It will never end. I just wonder what sort of political points this guy is trying to score.

  • Freddie - 2011-08-15 23:38

    "A once-off wealth tax imposed on white South Africans who earn more than a certain amount" How does one impose a 'wealth tax' on 'earnings'? A 'wealth tax' is imposed on 'wealth', i.e. capital. A tax imposed on 'earnings' is Income Tax. Having income, does not mean that one has wealth. Having wealth, does not mean that one has income.

  • Mc - 2011-08-15 23:44

    Whites Stop Whining About (TAX/BEE/AA/TAX/NATIONALISATION)..Wealthy Whites&Blacks Need To Be Denied Some Opportunites To Redress Post-apartheid problems.You Have To Understand That......We Cannot Adress these problems With Education Only,get it,nah forget it.Anythin that promote sharing of wealth is racism to a Wealthy FarmerWhites Stop Whining About (TAX/BEE/AA/TAX/NATIONALISATION)..Wealthy Whites&Blacks Need To Be Denied Some Opportunites To Redress Post-apartheid problems.You Have To Understand That......We Cannot Adress these problems With Education Only,get it,nah forget it.Anythin that promote sharing of wealth is racism to a Wealthy Farmer

      Doublepost - 2011-08-15 23:49

      Lol! Copy Paste went haywire I'm thinking!

  • boerqwhaas - 2011-08-15 23:45

    Ek wonder of iemand dalk 'n afspraak sal maak om die ou te gaan "spreek" aangaande sy opmerkings? Ek't ongelukkig lankal die land verlaat, anners so ek dit oorweeg het.

      allie - 2011-08-16 08:29

      Does somebody know his e-mail adress,i want to sent him all these comments.

  • eddie grant - 2011-08-15 23:48

    Is the gravy train running out of steam?

      Doublepost - 2011-08-15 23:51

      Too many cadres. Cadres being deployed and redeployed everywhere. It's a free for all!

  • Craig - 2011-08-15 23:57

    instead of the govern,ment stealing all the money and paying themselves millions in bonuses each year, they should spend it on all these labs and soccer feilds, they blame the whites for everthing but we all know its for there own agenda, even if this wealth tax goes through how much will be spent on a soccer feild and how much will De Vos get in his pocket, cmon people dont be so blind, spend the tax you recieve already on the people who need it and not for your own agenda, im a white south african and i am ashamed of my country, we need to stand as one, not as black and white but as the minority verse the majority, we have the minority while i government steals from us all and takes the majority,