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AFRICANGLOBE - Race relations in South Africa are so bad that it could lead to civil war, retired Judge Bernard Ngoepe has warned. Ngoepe told a forum at the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism that racism should be criminalised. “Are you not going to criminalise racism, even though there is the distinct threat that the country may explode? Unless we criminalise it, there will be danger to the unity of a nation.”
AFRICANGLOBE - South Africa is on a knife edge with 13 politicians murdered in the last month and the national broadcaster refusing to show images of violence fearing it will incite more attacks. South Africa’s 55 million population is 77 percent African and nine per cent white but Africans are becoming increasingly frustrated at inequalities. They get half the pay of whites, only three percent of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange is African-owned and the four major banks are white-dominated.
AFRICANGLOBE - Although South Africa is known for its extreme income inequality, the degree of wealth inequality is even greater. New tax and survey data suggest that 10% of the population own at least 90% to 95% of all assets, although they earn “only” about 55% to 60% of all income.
AFRICANGLOBE - In a 5-4 ruling, the Court found that the Fair Housing Act of 1968 requires plaintiffs to show only that the effect of a policy is discriminatory, not that defendants intended to discriminate. The decision is important in the fight against economic apartheid in America – racial segregation on a much larger geographic scale than ever before.
AFRICANGLOBE - Many South Africans in the former homelands where they were confined during White apartheid had hoped the advent of democracy 20 years ago would change their lives for the better. But most of them are still struggling. When 74-year-old Dlingiziwe Ngubane was able to cast his vote for the first time 20 years ago - on April 27, 1994 - he had hoped his life would take a turn for the better. But he was utterly disappointed.
AFRICANGLOBE - It was May Day 1985; the last great uprising against apartheid had begun. Twelve years later, with my 30-year banning from South Africa lifted, there was a pinch-me moment as I flew into Jan Smuts and handed my passport to a Black immigration officer. “Welcome to our country,” she said.
AFRICANGLOBE - The ratio of CEO-to-worker pay has increased 1,000 percent since 1950, according to data from Bloomberg. Today Fortune 500 CEOs make 204 times regular workers on average … up from 120-to-1 in 2000, 42-to-1 in 1980 and 20-to-1 in 1950.
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