A laugh a minute
WHEN YOU DON’T have an argument, turn to abuse. Not to mention misrepresentation. Mpumi Malangabi (Letters, 13 January), president and CEO of Value Corp Strategic Advisors out there in New York, excels at both. In his reply to Paul Hilliard (Letters, 16 December 2010) Malangabi describes him as a “privileged idiot” of the “ilk... who will always believe blacks have a monopoly on incompetence”. On reading Hilliard’s letter I discovered who the idiot was.
Of course Hilliard said nothing of the sort, although our Government appears to be doing its considerable best to prove blacks do have a monopoly on incompetence. All that Hilliard objected to was blacks being given preferential treatment over better-qualified whites, of which there are many examples.
South Africa’s “liberal” universities – with Wits and UCT so much in the forefront in the fight against the racism of the apartheid government – are now willing accomplices of the ANC’s version of racism. That, of course, goes under the name of transformation – which is just a dishonest euphemism for black racial privilege. George Orwell would have been impressed no end by this latest version of Newspeak.
Malangabi comes up with the earthshaker that we must “always remember black people have just as much right to opportunity as white people in our country”. But as far as I know that isn’t in dispute. What hacks people off – and not just reactionary whites yearning for lost privileges – is the sight of all those black empowerment fat cats, many just plain parasites, who have political clout or who just happen to have friends or relatives in high places. Or does Malangabi think all those gripes about corruption are just a white invention designed to discredit honest, hard-working blacks?