Why we marched on Tiso Black­star

African Times - - Front Page - Is­sued by Sparks Mot­seki – Chair­per­son : MK Inku­l­uleko Foun­da­tion

THE pre-demo­cratic ne­go­ti­a­tions be­fore 1994 by the ANC gave way for the his­tor­i­cal po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment that saw South Africa at­tain our democ­racy. For­mer ANC Pres­i­dent OR Tambo termed the vic­tory a first phase of the Na­tional Demo­cratic Rev­o­lu­tion (NDR), that was sup­posed to be fol­lowed by the sec­ond phase of the NDR – which must mean the eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment and lib­er­a­tion of the ma­jor­ity of black (es­pe­cially African) South Africans.

Efforts by the ANC and the gov­ern­ment to change the mas­sive eco­nomic im­bal­ances of our so­ci­ety have been re­sisted ve­he­mently by the white es­tab­lish­ment, es­pe­cially the power block of White Monopoly Cap­i­tal. That re­sis­tance has led to the cur­rent sta­tus quo whereby black Africans re­main for­eign­ers in their own an­ces­tral land, and spec­ta­tors con­cern­ing eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity in their own coun­try.

When will it all end?

Four demo­cratic pres­i­dents later, many black Africans re­main marginalised in most spheres of the econ­omy. The only move­ment that has been tak­ing place in terms of re­dress­ing eco­nomic im­bal­ances has been on the BEE front, where fronting was so rife that it had to be re­viewed to BBBEE. Still, fronting pre­vailed. And beat­ing the sys­tem con­tin­ues to take place.

The ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the sys­tem were a se­lect few blacks, and the whites – who ac­tu­ally saw their apartheid ac­quired wealth grow a thou­sand-fold. At the cen­tre of it all sits one major ben­e­fi­ciary Jo­han Rupert, the son of An­ton Rupert who was the big­gest apartheid wealth and pa­tron­age ben­e­fi­ciary.

Now a vo­cal critic of RET, Rupert, the poster boy for White Monopoly Cap­i­tal saw it fit­ting to in­sult both rich and poor blacks in South Africa by say­ing that the ANC pol­icy of Rad­i­cal Eco­nomic Trans­for­ma­tion is a “code word for theft”.

This, he says in the midst of ab­ject poverty, un­em­ploy­ment and the sys­temic eco­nomic op­pres­sion that blacks con­tinue to suf­fer at the hands of the white eco­nomic bene­fac­tors he rep­re­sents. RET is the only hope for the poor dis­en­fran­chised masses.

At the Man­gaung Con­fer­ence of the ANC, Rad­i­cal Eco­nomic Trans­for­ma­tion was adopted as one of the key poli­cies and pol­icy po­si­tions that were go­ing to be ad­vanced as part of the re­dress. Fi­nan­cial, Re­tail, Me­dia, are among other sec­tors that re­main un­trans­formed.

Again, Rupert re­mains not the major player but the main cul­prit in all these in­dus­tries. The Stel­len­bosch mafia Don!

We have re­cently seen the Min­ing Char­ter be­ing ve­he­mently op­posed and re­sisted by the same ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the eco­nomic racism that we con­tinue to live under, to­gether with their few co-opted black wannabees bil­lion­aires’ (who live on the crumbs of ven­dor fi­nanc­ing). That re­sis­tance is part of the anti-RET drive and re­sist­ing the need to change (be­cause they don’t need too many play­ers) the eco­nomic land­scape, es­pe­cially own­er­ship of the means (as­sets) of pro­duc­tion.

Jo­han Rupert’s in­sult of the eco­nomic poli­cies (that gives him bil­lions of Rands ev­ery month) of the ANC that are meant to help the poor is no co­in­ci­dence. It stems from the the­ory that South Africa may see a po­lit­i­cal power shift from the ANC to a Demo­cratic Al­liance led white mi­nor­ity coali­tion, as­sisted by the Stel­len­bosch Mafia us­ing me­dia and pro­pa­ganda as in­stru­ments used to frus­trate the ANC im­ple­men­ta­tion of rad­i­cal poli­cies. Their hope is that they can sup­press the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple and si­mul­ta­ne­ously swing enough votes. Whilst out­right vic­tory is not guar­an­teed, in their hal­lu­ci­na­tory il­lu­sions, they be­lieve that they can “get the coun­try back” via the back­door through a mi­nor­ity coali­tion gov­ern­ment.

MK Inku­l­uleko foun­da­tion has taken stern and well-fo­cused mea­sures to deal with the hege­mony of Rupert who has grown more and more ar­ro­gant by the day.

The height of his ar­ro­gance was no­ticed in his re­fusal to apol­o­gise for the in­sult he has hurled at the black peo­ple of South Africa, call­ing RET “a code word for theft”. We have called on the coun­try to boy­cott Rupert owned prod­ucts from re­tail prod­ucts to me­dia. To­day, we re­it­er­ate that call.

Me­dia, in par­tic­u­lar Tiso Black­star Group owned pa­pers have been used as Rupert’s pro­pa­ganda mouth­piece to mis­lead South Africans. We have seen them run a nar­row par­ti­san agenda of pre­sent­ing blacks, es­pe­cially Africans, as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of cor­rup­tion. You need to look no fur­ther than the Com­pe­ti­tion Com­mis­sion to see the ram­pant cor­rup­tion com­mit­ted by apartheid whites, es­pe­cially white apartheid owned com­pa­nies. White cor­rup­tion re­mains com­pletely ig­nored or gets swept under the car­pet by his same me­dia houses.

The Sun­day Times, to date, owes us an­swers as to why did they the killed Rogue Unit story to ben­e­fit their favourite ‘ANC’. Re­port­ing on the cases such as Si­bongile Mani, a black African stu­dent who re­ceived R14m af­ter a NSFAS bun­gle ver­sus Ray Markus, and Jaco van Schoor, two white Univer­sity of Jo­han­nes­burg Pro­fes­sors who de­frauded the in­sti­tu­tion of R25m, is alarm­ing. Mani’s pic­ture was pa­raded in front pages of news­pa­pers as a “cor­rupt black”, whilst when re­port­ing on Pro­fes­sor Markus and Van Schoor, the me­dia used only the pic­ture of the UJ build­ing, or the UJ logo.

They went as far as pep­per­ing the re­port­ing on the cor­rupt pro­fes­sors with eu­phemisms to hide the ex­tent of the cor­rup­tion. That is the white racist me­dia for you!

We call on the peo­ple to use the Tiso Black­star pa­pers as noth­ing but door stop­pers, and fur­nisher mov­ing wrap­pers – not for read­ing. Those pa­pers and as­sets are, Sun­day Times, Sun­day World, Sowe­tan, Busi­ness Day. It is our strong be­lief that Jour­nal­ism IN ITS TRUE MEAN­ING AND FORM in the Rupert owned me­dia as­sets is dead!

Just ear­lier last week, one of the Rupert owned com­pa­nies ran a cam­paign of Dove lo­tion; it seems that the mar­ket­ing team has also seen it fit to racially in­sult blacks in­ter­na­tion­ally. In their racist ad­vert, they de­picted how their prod­uct can trans-morph the dark skin of blacks into a white one (which they say is bet­ter), and they call it “nor­mal”. This Dove cam­paign was con­cep­tu­alised, pro­duced and launched, mean­ing that it passed the desks of all of those re­spon­si­ble for its ap­proval. In the whole chain and process (which we be­lieve could have taken months), no one saw any­thing wrong with it un­til the pub­lic out­cry. Dove has since given an apol­ogy which we be­lieve is a sham!

We call on South Africans to sup­port prod­ucts pro­duced by small and emerg­ing black en­trepreneurs, not these prod­ucts owned by the ar­ro­gant Rupert bought by pro­ceeds of his fa­ther’s apartheid cor­rup­tion. We call on you to re­sist and de­sist from sup­port­ing Rupert owned racist pro­pa­ganda, me­dia be it dig­i­tal, or print.

On Fri­day the 13th we con­ducted the #Rupert Must-Fall march against his me­dia em­pire as part of in­ten­si­fy­ing the cam­paign against White Monopoly cap­i­tal, and the an­tiRET brigade. In the next weeks we will be go­ing to Unilever (the home of Dove), as well as RCL in KZN to con­tinue with the re­sis­tance against White Monopoly Cap­i­tal.

Jo­han Rupert, left, son of An­ton Rupert, is the poster boy for White Monopoly Cap­i­tal. Tiso Black­star Group owned pa­pers have been used as Rupert’s pro­pa­ganda mouth­piece to mis­lead South Africans, says the writer. That is why MK Inku­l­uleko Foun­da­tion...

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