The black bourgeoisie is trending...

2013-05-09 13:08

The black bourgeoisie is trending. It is the new “freedom” movement for the post-democracy hustler. Cashing in is the agenda. No matter what it takes, everything is at stake.  There is a membership fee; it may cost the country a tender or two. But for you to be a member the prerequisite is to be well-connected with the new uber-elite. Historical ties are also a factor. Maybe you should have been within the top ranks of Umkhonto We Sizwe, a returned exile fathered by the “fathers of the struggle” and one of those who have made their way into the inner circle of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress (ANC).

Your ties to The Presidency could be your way into getting major bucks, especially if you are linked to a trust fund or two that safeguards donations made to secure your retirement homestead. Forget, the fact that you have your own financial back-up plan but your many wives and children also have their own fundraising foundations and business interests that leave your family heritage in a much better financial position.

Listen, this seems like the new wave of “democratization” and in hip hop language we call it “swagger”. These cats don’t come cheap, they have their own a fleet of posh cars, multiple holiday homes and some bid for their own rhinos.

Forget the plight of the children going hungry in the townships and rural spaces all across Mzantsi, just watch out for your own and secure those business interests for your own before your time runs out.

Forget that after years and years of “inequalities” that bred inferior education, appalling township infrastructure, bad paying jobs and bad self-image in many communities; this is not the time to avert that. The bourgeoisie seem more interested in retaining the apartheid tradition of “elitism” and “exclusivity” where resources are shared by a minority and are abused to secure  the interests of those who are invited to this lavish party.

Members of the black bourgeoisie are the leading politicians, known and unknown business folk willing to share a bit of their wealth for a BEE quota in return and the black entrepreneur who has secured a deal or two with the "behind the scene" mining magnates to attain some “questionable” position for a large piece of profit.

The struggle days are long gone; maybe for some. So let’s watch the “big guns” as they pop their champagne.  Let’s watch as they “chow” their sushi from the bosoms of models, buy expensive furniture that could afford a group of children a classroom and lavish our tax money on travel expenses and hotel bookings for their weekend away at the jazz.

I am sorry to let you know that if you are not part of the royal lineage, don’t have an ANC (and even the DA) membership card, it’s difficult to be part this exclusive “club”.  You might make it if you are related to one of the members of the monopoly-of-a-political-party or have a buy in at one of the few major conglomerate that has control over the country’s mineral resources.

However, if not you will remain like the rest of us; you are simply “plebeian”.

Look at what happened to Julius Malema, with his money making agenda. He lost his mansion and his tenders worth millions  because of his “big mouth” and “indiscipline”.

Forget Malema, he has betrayed the struggle of this elitism that plagues our democracy. The elites that befriend certain wealthy families and secure positions of management for their son/s. Their friends can easily access our facilities and police; the right to use is a call and a fax away.

There are many of these who evade the law. Some of them are given jail time, but walk out before time. Others are still waiting time for court. Meanwhile, there are those who are counting on the “Secrecy Bill” to keep their crimes at bay.

The unsettling part is the myriad of scandals, rumours  cases that came to nothing and the court cases that have gone missing are closely linked to our leadership.  We see a black leadership which is becoming less believable.  Their "for the people" propaganda is becoming hard to believe as we, the paupers, watch them struggle over resources.

We are seeing a clever group of individuals who are constantly forging strategic networks to milk our country’s resources. We are seeing a different face to the “freedom-struggle”. This group of the black elite is not one that is re-imagining the infrastructure of underprivileged areas of the country, creating a culture of small business and investing in service delivery as a stepping stone for future sustainability.

Sadly, from where we sit this bourgeoisie is big on banking public funds, buying friends, concealing information and obsessed about the power of money. In the meanwhile…

(let me know your thoughts on twitter @jazz2ben).


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