Rich not con­cerned with the poor

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Cleophas Let­siri

A CLOSER anal­y­sis of the con­tents of var­i­ous nar­ra­tives pre­sented to ar­gue for the in­ter­ests of the poor and down­trod­den points to one con­clu­sion: the pow­er­ful, both the wealthy and po­lit­i­cally parachuted, will never have the plight of the poor at heart; not now and not in the near fu­ture.

Hence, those who led and are still lead­ing the Na­tional Demo­cratic Rev­o­lu­tion have now been trans­formed into ruth­less wealth pro­po­nents with a pen­chant for greed. Since 1994, a lot has been done but not much has changed to im­prove the lives of the poor as was the case in most east Asian coun­tries. Most of the so-called lead­ers of so­ci­ety have been pur­su­ing agen­das that serve to en­rich them­selves to the detri­ment of the im­pov­er­ished masses. Even the ma­jor­ity of the South African pro-com­mu­nists have de­vel­oped into “cap­i­tal­ist-com­mu­nists”. In­equal­ity has grown tremen­dously.

In­sti­tu­tions that are meant to drive the war against poverty have been col­lapsed, and the nar­ra­tive around fail­ure to im­ple­ment “good poli­cies” will re­main only just that. Many of those who oc­cupy po­si­tions of power are jostling to out­per­form their ad­ver­saries in amass­ing more wealth through what­ever means pos­si­ble. Worst of all, the very ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem that is meant to bring about hope among masses of im­pov­er­ished South Africans has pro­duced two-tier ed­u­ca­tion streams. One stream is called school­ing, mostly en­dured by the poor; and it is hope­lessly un­able to turn their lives for better prospects. The other stream called ed­u­ca­tion, “real ed­u­ca­tion” has become the ex­clu­sive pre­serve of the pow­er­ful and rich.

How­ever, there are a num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als who have con­tin­ued with the dis­course on the plight of the poor and raised the alarm on the reper­cus­sions of in­equal­ity. As for the char­la­tans, stop ap­pro­pri­at­ing for your­selves ti­tles of “lead­ers of so­ci­ety”.

In­equal­ity has grown tremen­dously

Mo­folo Cen­tral

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