Already it’s a common knowledge in South Africa that certain political parties are of the view that taking away lands from the white South Africans and disallowing what is frequently termed “white-led capitalist” economy will bring about the much-needed redistribution of the national wealth and ultimately bridge the gap between the rich and poor in the country. This convictions according to the Secretary General of the ANC, Gwede Mantashe are wrong for even if every white South African are disposed of their wealth, the problem of inequality will still remain unsolved.
Based on circulating reports, the ANC Secretary General offered that the only way out for the country to solve the inequality problem is for the populace to rally around the agenda of building a prosperous nation and destroying racism.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that Mantashe was speaking in Sandton at a TNA Business Breakfast briefing which was structured to brainstorm on how best to resolve the issue of racism in South Africa when he made the comment.
He reportedly acknowledge the TNA platform as another opportunity to help South Africa metamorphose into a real transition stating that the country has hitherto, avoided the discussion of the racism problem in earnest. Mantashe related that his understanding of racism is based on the understanding of the thinking pattern of some apartheid leaders. He sees racism as something that have been indoctrinated into some whites over a very long period of time which consequently make them believe they are superior to people from another race.
Mantashe said to his audience, “we cannot be apologetic for being black, and we cannot be apologetic for being majority in this country.” But added that it’s wrong to think the solution to racism in the country is to dispose every white person in the country of their wealth. Don’t think that we have solved the problem “if we dispose every white person in South Africa, and redistribute everything to black South Africans,” he said.
“That is not the issue. We must build a prosperous South Africa, where we can all benefit…as South Africans, we must build a nation, we must let go and we must allow ourselves to be a part of building.”