By BO Staff Writer
Today, political formations which support radical economic transformation took part in a march to Johann Rupert’s company, Remgro, in Stellenbosch, as a stern warning against him and his anti-radical economic transformation utterances.
The group were also marching against Rupert’s key role in maintaining white monopoly capitalism. Rupert is the richest man in South Africa and is also known as the king of the Stellenbosch Mafia.
The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL), Mkhonto weSizwe Military Veteran’s Association (MKMVA) and Black First Land First (BLF) said they were marching to Remgro because they believe that the company, through its ownership of multiple companies across multiple industries, is a true reflection of what white monopoly capital is.
Rupert owns Remgro, which inturn owns companies like Unilever (manufacturing food, liquor & other home products), Rand Merchant Bank, eTV and Mediclinic, among others.
While delivering the memorandum, the ANCYL noted that it was insulting and racist for Rupert to say that radical economic transformation is a code word for theft. They said Rupert’s wealth is built on black exploitation and land theft.
On the other hand, the white racist representative of Rupert refused to take the memorandum of BLF. The movement said this was an indication of white arrogance and swore it would continue with its programme to occupy Rupert’s land.
“In the month of Biko, we state clearly the time for black principled unity to defeat the settler coloniser, Rupert is now. We must unite as black people to take back the land,” BLF said in its memorandum.
“Today marks a moment where history will remember that fearless black people came to the gate of Rupert to issue a united firm message. The seeds of Biko’s black unity being built. It is now certain that this is the year of land! The year where black people will, and must continue to unite and in unity we will break through the Rupert gates of oppression.”