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Apartheid has repeated itself in democratic dispensation: Expert – SABC News

While South Africa gained political independence in 1994 with the end of apartheid, political scientist Angelo Fick believes that apartheid has “reshaped itself” since then.

He says that this can be seen in South Africa’s contemporary inequality in economic terms and largely because the policy of the African National Congress (ANC) has presented neoliberalism.

“Think about [Thabo] Mbeki years. Think of what we have seen around the world, including South Africa in the last five years alone, where profits are preferred over people. Investors who invest in companies tend to take away huge profits and top executives and managers get huge bonuses, but ordinary workers have seen real incomes and their spending power stagnate in relation to inflation,” he says.

Fick was speaking on the sidelines of the ANC’s sixth national policy conference, which has entered its final day at the Johannesburg Expo Center at Nasrec.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have for a very long time preached that South Africa needed to start building a socialist future where everyone shared in the country’s wealth. In doing so, they have suggested that South Africa should look to countries like China for ideas.

However, Fick says that while a post-capitalist order is necessary, China also has its problems.

Fick has warned that a country should not be run like a business. He argues that if a country is run like a business, it is the poor in the country who will suffer because the elite will always choose profit over people.

He says the post-capitalist order is absolutely necessary for the survival of humanity and all species.

ASRI’s research director pointed out on Friday that the success of colonial and apartheid agriculture in South Africa was a myth.

He says it is no longer a tenable position for the government to treat as untouchable the vexed issue of agricultural reform, which has largely become a hoax.

“There were records of spectacular failure,” says Fick.

“Land reform is absolutely necessary and for several reasons. Economic reasons aside, all South Africans need to have a sense of belonging. And you can’t have a sense of belonging if your tenure of the land is threatened by the people who own it, who have the power to remove you from it or the people who manage it on behalf of the state can supersede you as traditional authorities,” he says. .



Apartheid has repeated itself in democratic dispensation: Expert – SABC News

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