Why we marched on Tiso Blackstar
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...