Let’s use power to uplift each other
WE HAVE BEEN in power for the past 23 years. What do we have to show for it? Not much. The economy is down, unemployment high, quality of education poor, just to mention three. And nothing suggests that things will improve any time soon. There is no plan to take us out of this black hole.
The pertinent question is: Is the white monopoly capital (WMC) to blame for all that? The answer is a big “no”. We blacks have made a habit of blaming whites for our lack of development. Yes, we have suffered under them for a long time: They have suppressed and oppressed us. That’s cruel and inexcusable, but we have to move on.
For the record, I’m not their (whites) apologist. Neither am I oblivious to the legacy of apartheid and the damage it has done to our psyche and physique. The scars, emotional and physical, are still visible.
The truth is that we have the political power – short of economic power. What are we doing with it? Look what the apartheid regime (read Afrikaners) has done with the political power. They have built institutions such as banks, Sasol, Eskom and CSIR. They have also empowered their own with skills development and created a conducive environment for them to do business.
Currently we rely on the institutions that were built by the apartheid regime. When are we going to build our own?
The news that business (read whites) is sitting on top of billions and reluctant to re-invest it in our country are disturbing. But we cannot force business to invest in our country if it doesn’t want to.
That said, we have the numbers on our side: we are a majority. And there is power in numbers. We can use our power to uplift each other. We can support black businesses to thrive.
The problem in South Africa is not the WMC, as some would have us believe, but politics. If we want to fix what’s wrong with our country, we need to do something about our politics. Otherwise, the status quo will remain and we will continue to play second fiddle to others. Is that what we want? Kagiso