The African National Congress (ANC) continues the legacy of apartheid by implementing and justifying by broad-based black economic empowermnet (BBBEE) unconstitutional practice. This policy applied on national, provincial and municipal lever is to be contested in the Constitutional Court. A black majority excluding a white minority from employment on the basis of race is racism. 20 years elapsed is more than enough to redress the injustices of the past. We face second generation of free-borns who do not understand why they should be punished or an era they did not live in.
The ANC is rides on the coattails of its legacy, which consists of its ex-leadership that rest in their graves – the true pioneers of democracy and freedom. Today, our backs are against the wall with escalating taxes, increased toll accounts and inflation within the sense of a crippling economy. If that is not bad enough, if you are ‘lighter than the rest,’ your skills, and experience and qualifications will not land you a job. You are just the wrong ‘colour.’ If this is not reverse apartheid than it is dictatorship at worst.
Let us use metaphor and archetype to figuratively communicate the current status quo. Say we have two young children who grew up as freeborns, both lived in suburben areas, both afforded quality education, both studied in the same discipline – yet here is the twist – one is white, the other black.
At a job interview, only the black individual is accepted and employed on the basis of BBBEE. Is the current injustice not evident? People are still being excluded in employment on the grounds of race, gender, and in certain instances sexual orientation. This is what ensued under apartheid pre- 1994; this ensues under the ANC in 2016. Nothing has changed, except for funds changing hands between national and international corporates and government. Corruption, nepotism and fraud ensued under apartheid too – it is nothing new. It seems that government rule is reserved for those who enrich themselves beyond the legitimate confines of their salaries.
With the second generation freeborns taking the reigns as future leaders, past legacies with their nostalgic loyalist tendencies will not relate to current issues pressing the future of Madibeng, the North-West Province or our country. This will ensure that current injustices are dealt with in the light of a beyond post-modern resolution. A current stigma attaches positions reserved as per the Equity Act. This engulfs the perception that those who attain such positions are incompetent and somewhere a ‘white’ subordinate is doing all the work. This has installed the gravitas of low self-esteem among black professionals, and a sense of new-born detest for black management by white professionals.
The solution to this dismal situation is the banding of BBEE and the introduction of free education for the disadvantaged. The pre- 1994 disadvantaged has had 20 years to rectify the unfairness of apartheid; yet their government has let them down since ‘free’ eduction as was promised is still nothing but an empty promise.