AFRICANGLOBE – South Africa, with its worryingly significant and unsustainable inequalities, is on the verge of a compelling socio-economic and political malfunction.Someone somewhere forgot or failed to fully address the obvious inequalities which define and are deeply entrenched in this “Rainbow Nation”.
Julius Malema, an aspiring driver for change to address the historically and racially skewed inequalities and seeking to economically empower the African people of South Africa, is evidence to the unavoidable disastrous socio-political and economic unfolding in that country.
Malema is a man who is not waiting for history to define him but rather he is in fact self-defining and in the process defining history.
Deep-seated inequalities continue to ferment and the resentment and impatience among the African majority with the slow pace of change defines the severity of the situation.
In South Africa, the top deciles of the population account for 58 percent of the country’s income whilst the bottom deciles account for 0.5 percent.
This is largely an enduring legacy of White apartheid in that country, which denies African people the chance to accumulate capital in any form be it land, finance and skills (World Bank Report, 2012).
In South Africa the top 10 percent of the population earn 110 times more than the bottom 10 percent and 74.8 percent of all wealth is owned by the richest 10 percent of the population (Credit Suisse Global Wealth Databook, 2012:146).
The frenzy that is sweeping across the Rainbow Nation has no end in sight and those with a vested interest in ensuring that economically and socially unsustainable prevail have tried suppressing and smothering the ideologically-potent Malema mania for it to resurface again and again. The African majority in South Africa is fed up with the economic inequalities that continue to shape up the country and Malema offers hope with a simple Mugabe-inspired message of total economic emancipation.
Malema’s revolutionary approach is revered and championed by those on the margins of subsistence in this nation of plenty yet so condemned by some Blacks and most if not all Whites.
The Malema message of economic emancipation is resonating well with the downtrodden and destitute majority in the shanty towns and invoking anxiety among the privileged elite.
The inequalities in South Africa are not going to vanish into thin air and they are not going to be addressed by politics of reconciliation alone but by politics of equity and equitable distribution of the country’s abundant natural resources and wealth. There is no way of correcting this crude economic bias without addressing the historical inequalities.
Malema symbolises that lone voice of a visionary who is attempting to put emphasis in cascading real power down to the people, advocating for and promoting policies that focus on self-sustenance and self-reliance and constructing that neo-colonial structure that has throughout history and to this day continue to render Africans on the continent as a whole perennially indebted to those who colonised and economically exploited the continent for centuries.
South Africa is allowing itself to be on the verge of this cataclysmic failing simply by failing to acknowledge instead of sugar-coating the obvious inequalities that pervade the rainbow nation.
No amount of flamboyant oration or superficial togetherness is going to halt the yearning for a redress of the disparities and it is only a matter of time before the implosion. There is no way of camouflaging these glaring differences and doing so is surely socio-economic and political suicide.
There is an urgent need to start unlocking that eternal bondage that has always downgraded the African people of South Africa to perpetual poverty and to start trusting in the Mugabe-inspired Malema vision which is rightfully seeking to dismantle and restructure the colonial and neo-colonial deoxyribonucleic acid which continues to inseparably fasten Africa and its people to enduring bondage.
Malema, at the launch of his Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, used the example of Zimbabwe thus: “You are aiming at undermining the African revolution by attacking Zimbabwe. In the next 20 years or so Zimbabwe will be the only country where Africans own their land if we carry on like this.”
The negative and pessimistic picture that is being portrayed of Malema is an attack on the defining phase of the Rainbow Nation and its march towards total economic emancipation.
These carefully crafted reports and statements about Malema are meant to deliberately compromise this noble and righteous journey towards truly liberating the African people of South Africa.
This journey towards total economic emancipation is slow and painful and South Africans have not yet sustained the initial wounds. It is a journey with a destination and reaching that destination has a huge price-tag, please ask your neighbours in Zimbabwe.
The emotions of despair and being downtrodden must never be allowed to settle or become entrenched and distract the people of South Africa from their rightful quest for economic independence and dignity.
The gloom-ridden despondent depiction that is being purposefully portrayed about Malema’s push must never be allowed to extinguish this ethical and morally justified determination to empower the economically disadvantaged masses.
Julius Malema has set the tone and it is up to all citizens of that country to continue to collectively sing this beautiful tune of economic emancipation with joint traction. There is no radical in Malema, but the real deal for South Africa.
By: Bernard Bwoni