Featured image (ndtv.com): The Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula has sent a strong message to the white dominated sporting codes and took action to withdraw their rights to host mega events.
By BO Staff Writer
Freedom day? What freedom? The release of the 2015 Employment Equity Commission Report on Monday emphasised the importance of these questions.
The story the report told is a mere confirmation that South Africa is a white owned and controlled country which is simply managed by blacks. The report confirms last year’s Jack Hammer Executive Report, which found that the number of black South African CEOs declined from 15% in 2012 to 10% in 2015. The sad truth about democracy as it has been managed by the ANC in the past 22 years, is that there has been reversals in the fortunes of black people. The slogan of “Siyaqhuba” should be understood as “we are driving” and not “we are progressing”. Driving us in reverse, straight into a recession. The report shows a less than 2% reduction of white males at the top of the South African economy, from 70% in 2014 to a still shockingly high of 68.9%.
If this report is taken together with the recent SA Statistics report showing that black youths are currently less skilled than their parents, it’s clear that even the glacially, microscopic progress that’s has been made is questionable. This month Stats SA reported that, in the past 20 years, black African youth between the ages of 24-35, have become less, not more skilled. This regression prompted the Statistician-General Pali Lehohla to say, “When parents are better equipped than the children, it’s a sign of regression.”
The implications of the reality, that top management remains white, is that blacks are excluded from the economy and in fact have no power. Blacks are a numerical majority but are dominated and oppressed economically, by a minority which, is white. In essence this renders political power useless because it has to dance to the tune of those who hold economic power.
Last December we saw how the whites who really control the country forced the state president to fire his preferred minister of finance for a minister approved by global capital. All of which took just a few days to accomplish.
The South African constitution gives the power to hire and fire ministers to the president but white capital has more power than the constitution and has no problems with breaking the provisions of the constitution. As a consequence of the illegal interference with the duties of the president, Black First Land First (BLF) has opened criminal cases against Johann Rupert and eight other captains of industry.
The big question raised by the ritualised annual Employment Equity report is what is the relevant minister going to do? The Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula has sent a strong message to the white dominated sporting codes and took action to withdraw their rights to host mega events. What has the minister of Labour done about the appalling state of transformation in the economy? Minister Winfred Oliphant has given industry six months to correct the picture. This act is too timid given that these white corporations have resisted transformation for the last 22 years. What makes the Minister think they would do in six months what they failed to do in more than twenty years?
The transformation of SA’s economy and sport, can not be left in the hands of the beneficiaries of racism. They have shown us very clearly in the past 20 years that they are uninterested in transformation. Transformation cannot be voluntary nor can it be in the hands of whites. The primary beneficiaries of the status qou. We shall watch with great interest to see what the Minister is going to do after the six months grace period. Time for empty words has long passed. What is needed is action, not threats