Apartheid to blame for COVID-19???

Apartheid has been the scapegoat for much of what is wrong with our country today however regrettably Corona sees no colour nor past… and it is coming for our people

Have you walked down the streets of Alexandra or similar townships that the luxury of having your neighbour at bay of 2m is only for the rich? Twenty plus years ago should have prepared our greatest commodity – that being our labour force with better homes and services. South Africans living in townships will be worst affected with cramped taxis and taxi ranks with no choice for the commuters to be placed like pawns for a battle.

Many have a poor nutrimental diet with high starch meals, very little fresh fruit and vegetables. We should be heartbroken as a majority of our people are put to be sacrificed by this pandemic. Much of what has been advised by the government is the washing of hands and social distancing.  However, it must have been twenty years or so since our celebrity politicians visited the townships to realise that some don’t have clean running water nor physically able to distance themselves due to the cramp living conditions.

During the SONA and private functions we see our millionaire politicians who made their wealth after coming to office. It is only a handful of whom actually built their wealth from their ingenuity, yet they have forgotten the plight of our people. Apartheid has been the scapegoat for much of what is wrong with our country today however regrettably Corona sees no colour nor past… and it is coming for our people!

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Racial Discrimination in Housing impacts Health & Wealth

The effects of the Wealth distribution can also be traced to the location a person resides and sure enough that place can be identified as predominately residence of a particular race. Dependent on the race and class will have direct effect upon the unequal access to education, employment, transportation and accommodation. This exposes communities of colour disproportionately to environmental hazards and areas likely to experience anti-social behaviour.

 

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The effects of the wealth distribution can also be traced to the location a person resides and sure enough that place can be identified as predominately residence of a particular race.

Dependent on the race and class will have direct effect upon the unequal access to education, employment, transportation and accommodation.

This exposes communities of colour disproportionately to environmental hazards and areas likely to experience anti-social behaviour.

It is also common that those with the wealthy financial heritage are constrained and confined to their choices, which will naturally result in housing, education and employment. This indirectly enables the security of White homes that appreciate in value and generate assets passed down to subsequent generations whilst others are forced to remain limited with aspirations to purchase their own home.

The housing and school segregation for Blacks will most result in ill-equipped building where they are taught by inexperienced teachers and surrounded by classmates from similar backgrounds. The classroom sizes will be overcrowded and many of the children would suffer untreated disabilities.

White communities will have access to parks, playground, fresh food, and community education centres. Black areas most often suffer disproportionate exposure to polluted air, water, food, and neglected and derelict services. People of colour are generally relegated to places which become prime sites for rubbish and toxic-waste dumps, incinerator, motorways and factories.

 

Segregation-related to education inequality, racialised policing strategies, mismatch between the location of employment and the communities’ selection of supermarkets, fast-food outlets and betting shops alike.

 

 

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Free and Still Disadvantaged

Maybe it has to do with equal opportunities – but we know theoretically that our Constitution so well written as definitely ensured that section 9 clearly states in that:

“Everyone is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection and benefit of the law. Every person is therefore entitled to equal treatment by our courts. No one is above the law and all persons are impartially subject to the law.” [i]

Many Black people yet believe that the racial inequality suffered them have disadvantaged them to have taken opportunities that is now been made available.

However, some critics would say that equal opportunities do exist and were once Blacks were segregated and disfranchised have now been given more than they have had and therefore the problems they experience today are of their own peril. Some would even go as far to say that inequality exists between the races are due to the cultural differences in that Black people commit more crimes, they have less marriages and more children and that Black people don’t value education. Unable to budget thereby lavishly buying expensive and extravagant possessions without regard for future preparation.

Conversely, in contrast another critic could easily show how White families today have been directly benefiting from the unfair gains and unjust enrichments made possible by past and present forms of racial discrimination.

It is evident that there are also rights which protect the assets and advantages that Whites have inherited from their ancestors. Many will contest vigorously such claims without considering the direct and indirect legislature policies which had advantaged Whites for which Blacks would have not qualified. Discrimination in government policies which affects property prices, lending, education, employment and not forgetting those who had forcibly taken land from Blacks without compensation.

Therefore, money passed down across generations through inheritance, will definitely have an effect in the present creating other opportunities for their dependants.

Growing up within Apartheid South Africa, I saw first hand how the segregation of races influences a community. White schools which was only for Whites had better facilities and better trained teachers. Everyone knows that when you live within a community where your neighbours are the Bankers, Lawyers, Estate Agents etc. it gives them access to insider information

 

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[i] What does the South African Constitution say about your Human Rights? The DOJ & CD, page 5 - Fundamentals of Real Estate Practice, quoted in Colin Gordon, Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008), 83

 

Why Are we not Free?

What has happened to the aspirations of Madiba’s vision? How is it possible that in such a short period of time, after we had vowed never to return to the land labelled by racial identity and yet the very reality and tragedy of our present is having to address the racial tension which is dividing our country?

 

At the Annual Nobel Peace Prize, Nelson Mandela said,

“At the southern tip of the continent of Africa, a rich reward is in the making, an invaluable gift is in the preparation, for those who suffered in the name of all humanity when they sacrificed everything — for liberty, peace, human dignity and human fulfilment.

This reward will not be measured in money. Nor can it be reckoned in the collective price of the rare metals and precious stones that rest in the bowels of the African soil we tread in the footsteps of our ancestors. It will and must be measured by the happiness and welfare of the children, at once the most vulnerable citizens in any society and the greatest of our treasures.

The children must, at last, play in the open field, no longer tortured by the pangs of hunger or ravaged by disease or threatened with the scourge of ignorance, molestation and abuse, and no longer required to engage in deeds whose gravity exceeds the demands of their tender years.

In front of this distinguished audience, we commit the new South Africa to the relentless pursuit of the purposes defined in the World Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children.

The reward of which we have spoken will and must also be measured by the happiness and welfare of the mothers and fathers of these children, who must walk the earth without fear of being robbed, killed for political or material profit, or spat upon because they are beggars.

They too must be relieved of the heavy burden of despair which they carry in their hearts, born of hunger, homelessness and unemployment.

The value of that gift to all who have suffered will and must be measured by the happiness and welfare of all the people of our country, who will have torn down the inhuman walls that divide them.

These great masses will have turned their backs on the grave insult to human dignity which described some as masters and others as servants, and transformed each into a predator whose survival depended on the destruction of the other”. 

What has happened to the aspirations of Madiba’s vision? How is it possible that in such a short period of time, after we had vowed never to return to the land labelled by racial identity and yet the very reality and tragedy of our present is having to address the racial tension which is dividing our country?

Why are we are so focused on our racial differences? Why are we so sensitive to trust or be free?

Although many have had to sacrifice for the prized Constitution South Africa portrays as the achievement yet many still believe to be imprisoned by injustice and racial inequality. I hear the Whites and the Western world so clearly reminding those who “feel” injustice that Apartheid has been dismantled and that the Law recognises that no one group enjoys privilege above all others. South Africa enjoys freedom of belief and opinion, which means that we are free to follow the dictates of conscience but in practice, how true is this?

 

Upper Houghton Estate fearful of the lower classes?

Apartheid was the segregation of people groups based upon the colour of their skin. However I believe it is still alive and kicking in an evolved state. Therefore even in a “non-apartheid” era many are still having things soft – in 2006, it was noted that twenty years on 70% of the land is owned by Whites. Whites make up approximately 4.5 to 5 million, or nearly 9% of South Africa’s population.

Apartheid was the segregation of people groups based upon the colour of their skin. However I believe it is still alive and kicking in an evolved state. Today many White South Africans can be grateful to the wealth and good education their parents and ancestors laboured for. Case and point to which the Upper Houghton boundary signboard proudly displays “Heritage and Education”. Heritage of their ancestors and education for the elite to those who can afford the school fees in Houghton Estate. Therefore even in a “non-apartheid” era many are still having things soft – in 2006, it was noted that twenty years on 70% of the land is owned by Whites. Whites make up approximately 4.5 to 5 million, or nearly 9% of South Africa’s population.

Upper Houghton is a predominately White neighbourhood with large mansions and in times gone by it was home to the gold miners. Today I was appalled to see how once a White minority controlled the settlement of the masses and instructed everyone else where to live and work. However today many of these Whites are creating fortresses with 10ft walls, 24/7 security staff and sophisticated alarms, and today to my disgust… they are closing of public roads!

IMG_0211.JPGPublic roads are being closed so that the privilege would have that added security. When I asked a local why this was the case I was told because of the crime. But what of the locations and working class properties, my builder was burgled last week! I don’t see the working class requesting the roads to be closed.

Many of these White suburbs have created their own Residents Association to which is predominately comprised of middle-classed Whites who actually instruct the Johannesburg Council on how to operate.  So fearful are the Whites in such areas that they are strategically safeguarding their inheritance by cleverly devised schemes to which yet oppresses their non-white neighbours and to which I can share first hand experience.

These dividing gates must come down and they should have the same treatment of any resident and we find such gated areas predominately in White areas.  I believe this is an injustice that cording off public access for their own benefit is liken to the ancestors who restricted access to those non-deserving!

Johannesburg – The City of Two Standards

This just shows you that where you live also determines the services you receive; such is life, or is it?!

Johannesburg, City Offices. I waited to be served at the Johannesburg City Offices, I headed out to attempt to be early in line to resolve my dispute and then leave. I comfortably drove to the offices and parked within close proximity to the building. On getting to know those around me in the queue, I learnt that some walked, some had taken taxis and some brought their children along. Rich, intellectual or poor we all had one thing in common, that was sitting in line as we progressed to the front.

On my previous occasion I was offered to jump the queue in exchange for some money. Well, being the South African I am, I refused categorically and explained that some old ladies were also waiting and that it will not be fair.

However, I’m not kidding but after waiting one and a half hour and it was my turn to be seen… the load shedding happened! Yes, the power was out! (Second thought about that bribe reappeared). Under these conditions the staff, as usual, leave their desks and begin chatting at the furthest corner of the room. Ten minutes later – takeaway orders are being delivered. Had it not been for the kind manager to inform us, however there was nothing he could do.

I found this odd, surely those we needed advice such as myself could still be assisted without a computer for general queries. I found most to be so over worked and tired. Many with short attention span unable to say or do more than what is on the screen of their computer.

Well, back to my experience as I waited to be served, the person dealing with my enquiry had no idea of how to resolve the matter, on calling her supervisor – she too gave me some story which simply made no sense.

That was downtown Johannesburg, majority of the people can be seen as working class and the queues are long and the staff are unhelpful.

After wasting my time there with coming away with both no advice and contradicting information, I then headed for Sandton City.

Sandton City. The offices are situated conveniently accessible by car without parking cost. The interior of the building is brightly furnished and modern. The chairs are all intact and it took twenty minutes to be seen and their adviser immediately picked up on the problem and rectified it within another twenty minutes.

This just shows you that where you live also determines the services you receive; such is life, or is it?!

Apartheid – the get rich quick scheme?

Thereby the standard of living increased for the Whites, the provision of and access of good education and jobs, black labour was cheap and plentiful, and investment flowed in as South Africa appeared stable and the economy appeared healthy.

In science the empirical tests of elements result in a reaction to which the elements brings about a change. Likewise, I naively once believed that politics was merely on the basis with anthropological structure and without gaining empirical evidence. Yet today after an insight from Leftwich (2010), What is Politics? I have come to realise that my country, South Africa. where deliberately or not has undergone the ultimate Political experiment, which portrays how elements of society can be used to provide a normative result for control of a society.

The acts for the abolishment of the Apartheid Movement though the moral rationale might not have come without the realisation of the once strength of the system of apartheid, which had oppressed people for the gain of another. This system of which was created to maintain control over non-whites had in the past yielded great benefits to the “super-race” with relatively low costs, in comparison to those countries where all men are equal.

Thereby the standard of living increased for the Whites, the provision of and access of good education and jobs, black labour was cheap and plentiful, and investment flowed in as South Africa appeared stable and the economy appeared healthy.

On evaluation of the evidence presented by the apartheid system – it can be seen that economically it created conditions for a good economy with the cost to the subjugation or degradation of a people group which lowered expenses so that output increased.

So, which leaves me to conclude that when FW de Klerk began dismantling the system of apartheid, was it because the system had run its course, which resulted in the economic cash cow growing weak, thereby the system no longer was economically viably functioning as intended? For the elements of morality and justice took precedence over the day which “costed” more and weighted heavy upon the apartheid system thus replacing it with another form of control.

Though the white supremacy ideology has been removed from South Africa, this has been replaced by Capitalism to which has still bound those oppressed by apartheid. The dominance power has changed face from the “white man” to now the “colour of money!”

Don’t Incite Hatred to our Youth on this Youth Day!

I have recently come to realise that this notion is true and that some parents, teachers, political influencers and leaders in our communities are irresponsible by teaching our youths to hate and continue the struggle.

EFF and Zuma’s Cabinet are contributors to this ideology and a need to grow-up. The EFF are wearing red overalls and berets yet driving the latest German engineering (Grow up!). It is not anyone’s time, it is our country and it’s our time to act responsibly. Stop those in authority preaching their political prejudices by brainwashing our youths!

It’s clear that the wounds of apartheid are still raw in some of our people. Some can’t let go of the pains and anger, which have cost them great sacrifices so that this new South Africa can be formed – as one nation despite colour. However, the novelty of South Africa’s newness is slowly wearing-out and true emotions of hurt are yet again beginning to fester. The colours black and white are becoming more visible due to some of the unfair Policies Mr Zuma’s cabinet imposing on our nation to distinguish colour.

auMany of the young people who have not experienced injustice have taken it upon their stride to seek retribution. There is anger and hatred towards the oppressors of the past. Zuma’s administration has demonstrated that Madiba’s and Tutu’s philosophy of forgiveness and reconciliation showed weakness as opposed to the dominating of South Africa – so that the Whites, Indians, Asians and Coloureds all know that South Africa is not their land.

Being African is a current trend and we all want to show that we are – but the term, “African” can be ambiguous. It has subtly the connotation of the exclusivity towards the “native descendants of the Bantu”.

I have recently come to realise that this notion is true and that some parents, teachers, political influencers and leaders in our communities are irresponsible by teaching our youths to hate and continue the struggle.

EFF and Zuma’s Cabinet are contributors to this ideology and a need to grow-up. The EFF are wearing red overalls and berets yet driving the latest German engineering (Grow up!). It is not anyone’s time, it is our country and it’s our time to act responsibly. Stop those in authority preaching their political prejudices by brainwashing our youths!