Look­ing in a new di­rec­tion

Grocott's Mail - - MAKANA VOICES -

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I nearly for­get to con­grat­u­late the Gup­tas on their up­ward mo­bil­ity. They’re now the rich­est fam­ily in South Africa, de­thron­ing the Mot­sepes. Op­pen­heimers and the Ru­perts among oth­ers, adding another di­men­sion to the ‘white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal’ dis­course.

Duduzane Zuma, pres­i­dent Zuma’s son, the Gup­tas' busi­ness acolyte has become the rich­est young mogul in the land.

Let me like­wise con­grat­u­late him on his ex­pe­di­tious up­ward mo­bil­ity.

We need not be alarmed that elit­ist schemes de­liver such out­comes. They can be achieved through law­ful, and “eth­i­cal” means, or un­law­ful and un­eth­i­cal. The sys­tem is de­signed to ac­com­mo­date the needs of the few, and not the needs of the so­cial strata fall­ing out­side the core.

The ANC’s 8 Jan­uary state­ment will be de­liv­ered within an elit­ist con­cep­tual frame­work.

Prom­ises out­side this ar­chi­tec­ture will just be another pie in the sky. This con­tra­dic­tion re­quires de­ci­sive po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ven­tion by al­ter­na­tive schools of thought.

• Chris­tian Mx­oliswa Mbekela is a strate­gic work con­sul­tant spe­cial­iz­ing in HR, EE and risk man­age­ment. For­mer SAYCO NEC mem­ber and he was part of the team that re-es­tab­lished the ANC Youth League. He is cur­rently do­ing PhD in the So­ci­ol­ogy De­part­ment at Rhodes Uni­ver­sity. www. cm­m­mind­power.co.za

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