Blacks need to work harder in order to work
Just imagine, 22 years since the fall of apartheid, a black graduate is 3 times more likely to be unemployed than a white South African who has never set foot in a university. A white child has a 33% higher chance of passing high school than a black child. And despite the government recently pumping an additional ZAR5bn into tertiary education, the number of black students in universities fell by 10,000 in the last matriculation cycle.
No equality, no stability
Put simply, economic apartheid is the struggle of our generation and it is imperative we address the incendiary inequalities that persist as a consequence. Failure to do so puts South Africa’s future stability at risk.
Brian Molefe argues that South Africa needs to recognise that:
- “Significant numbers of whites have become the real beneficiaries of the BEE”
- “Many white companies use the same process for fronting, thus ensuring that the economic benefits remain in white hands.”
- “The principle of ‘once empowered always empowered’ means that the economy of this country would remain, mainly, in white hands.
Make your voice heard
Regular readers of this blog will recognise these arguments, as we have published the numbers behind them countless times. We therefore can only agree with his conclusion:
“Clearly, the economic power in South Africa still resides, in the main, in the hands of those who benefited from apartheid. In other words, it is still in white hands.”
Is this the South Africa you hoped the post-apartheid era would bring? Let us know in the comments, or tweet us @Voetsek_SA.