Julius Malema will rule for as long as racism persists

2014-04-02 21:53

When you are a black African you do not have the privilege of racial hatred. This is because racism is about power; it is the power that white people have over black people. That power comes from economic status, being a cultural majority when you are a numeric minority in a country like South Africa. Race based discrimination is commonly felt by black Africans which is exerted by whites. African leaders like President Robert Mugabe and Commander in Chief Julius Malema are products of the current world order. Such people are products of the white master’s making. Visionary leaders like President Mugabe and CIC Malema are merely a counterforce to the status quo of a failed capitalism system created by the white man. Characters such as these will be there for as long as the current conditions persist.

Many people make the common mistake that a typical Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) supporter is uneducated, unemployed and simply does not understand politics or how the economy works. Contrary to popular belief the majority of people who will vote for the EFF come May 07 vary from the factory worker, domestic worker, farm worker to professionals, celebrities and executive directors of companies simply because when you are black in a “white world” it matters not whether you are on a blue-collar worker or you are in a boardroom somewhere in Sandton, your underlying experience as a black African is the same throughout the country.

Many of us as black Africans do not intellectualise poverty but we have lived poverty and most still do even today. Many so called intellectuals and prophets of doom are often quick to point out that if Julius Malema were to be in power, South Africa would fast become like Zimbabwe.  They often lament the following:

1. Interest rates will go up;

2. Rand value will depreciate;

3. People will find it hard to afford food;

4. Inflation will sky rocket; and

5. Most people will be unemployed.

Surprise, surprise, look around you; which rock have you been living under?  This is currently happening and this is the lived experience of most black Africans living in South Africa. Just because you as a beneficiary of apartheid crimes have not experienced any of the above it does not mean many black South Africans are not already experiencing this as part of their daily struggles.

This fear mongering that is perpetuated in white circles that South Africa is heading towards Zimbabwe’s direction does not really wash with most black Africans living in South Africa. The fact of the matter is that most of us envy the people of Zimbabwe because they own their own land. They are masters of their own destinies and not waiting for some white European to rescue them from poverty. What many typical white South Africans do not understand is that we as black Africans are tired of living under the tyranny of whites. It is really neither here nor there whether land reform in Zimbabwe is working better or worse, what matters is the land of Zimbabwe is in the hands of Zimbabweans and that is good enough. That is what we hope will be realised South Africa through the EFF, sooner rather than later. European land is in Europeans hands and that is how it's supposed to be.

Most white South Africans claim that they never really voted or supported the NATS when they were in power for almost 50 years. But they are quick to forget that they were beneficiaries of the atrocities committed by the NATS and they are still benefiting from their policies and continue to do so even today. The main factors that continue to divide us as South Africans are land and privilege. Simply put, this is a class struggle between the “have’s” and “have not’s.” Whites still own the land and we want it back.

Racism is not old news or a myth in South Africa but rather it is real and commonly lived experience. It is not a figment of our imagination but it something that we are still fighting even today. Furthermore, racism is not something experienced by the uneducated and downtrodden members of society but rather it is alive and well in air-conditioned boardrooms in Sandton of corporate South Africa.  Black professionals are often overlooked for promotions over their white counterparts and they still earn higher than black professionals despite having the same qualifications or even more qualified.

The solutions to the problems of this country do not lie in white hands or brains and most importantly, whites do not hold the moral high ground in this country. Let us not forget that we in this mess because of them as they have brought us here in this dark hell hole that we find ourselves in. Whites should contribute humbly and quietly.

In the same way that white South Africans are sick of corruption, black Africans are equally as sick of racism and treatment that is often received from their white counterparts.  Some white South Africans may be angry with the fact that we are still going on about apartheid. This is not an imagined fear but it is real based on the experiences that we go through on a daily basis. The rumours are true, we as black Africans truly believe that the Democractic Alliance (DA)  would bring back apartheid if it were in power. If Helen Zille were to become president today with a two-thirds majority, the DA would simply apply policies that will seem in favour of whites like it occurred during aparheid. You do not have to look far to see that as this is currently evident in the Western Cape where the “Madam Zille” reigns supreme and people living in Gugulethu, Khayelitsha are often forgotten.

White South Africans still think that they are superior and hold monopoly over intellectual capital, more importantly they feel insulted when they are ruled by a black led government. It would even be more devastating for them if a person like Julius Malema were to be in power. Being a black African is not something that one can explain or intellectualise but rather it is a lived experience. You have to live as a black African to understand what it means to be black in a white man’s world. The white man has successfully managed to create the world in his image and the black man is forced to conform to this world order. The EFF is better positioned to take us to the promised land and bring back the dignity of black African in their motherland.

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