Words like ‘the dis­ad­van­taged’ per­pet­u­ate self-pity in SA

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Dr Kenosi Mos­alakae

HOW I wish words like “trans­for­ma­tion”, “racism”, “the poor”, “the poor­est of the poor”, “the dis­ad­van­taged”, etcetera could dis­ap­pear from the na­tional lex­i­con.

Use of these terms is worse than an iso­lated so­cial me­dia post call­ing Africans “k ****** ”.

While there is no chance that one word or pro­fan­i­ties spelled out against Africans can turn them into any­thing they are not, these words are the fuel that keeps Africans in per­pet­ual self-pity.

The words un­der­mine the la­tent (in­her­ent) re­silience of Africans.

Apartheid it­self failed to pul­verise Africans in this coun­try into com­plete dys­func­tion­al­ity de­spite the mas­sive power it had in its hands.

Africans made se­ri­ous ef­forts that were lim­ited only by the re­stric­tions of apartheid laws. It is a fact that the highly ac­claimed ju­di­ciary is manned by Africans who mostly at­tended town­ship schools and stud­ied at uni­ver­si­ties (so-called Bush Col­leges) that apartheid meant to use to fur­ther their de­hu­man­i­sa­tion pro­gramme.

African mu­sic (Lady­smith Black Mam­bazo) has won many of the top awards like the Gram­mys.

Africans missed their chance in 1994. A gen­uine ef­fort at eco­nomic ad­vance­ment of Africans could have eas­ily been achieved by sourc­ing the bank­ing needs of the gov­ern­ment from the African-owned African Bank, and en­abling it to ex­pand its ser­vices to in­sur­ance and in­vest­ment bank­ing.

The use of white, es­tab­lished banks was a dis­play of lack of con­fi­dence in African ef­fort, im­plic­itly that African ef­fort needed “white su­per­vi­sion and tute­lage”, as Brian Molefe put it re­cently.

Con­trol of the trans­port and lo­gis­tics in­dus­try could have been de­liv­ered to those who his­tor­i­cally had made ef­forts to pro­vide for the need – the taxi in­dus­try.

The mas­sive buy­ing power of Africans due to their huge num­bers – not white priv­i­lege – is re­spon­si­ble for the boom in the white-owned re­tail sec­tor, but we com­plain about whites re­fus­ing to share, in­stead of redi­rect­ing our buy­ing power to­wards our own em­pow­er­ment. Houghton

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