By Adil Nchabeleng
Johann Rupert – a white monopoly capital racist.
In a recent statement in Switzerland at the Richemont AGM regarding South Africa Johan Rupert South Africa’s richest man said,
“Radical economic transformation is just a code word for theft. That is what’s happening there. They‘re raiding the state coffers. And it’s public knowledge”.
John Rupert must be told in no uncertain terms that Radical Socio-Economic Transformation (RSET) is no longer negotiable. We are resolute and determined to push forward with radical socio-economic transformation with the urgency it deserves, even if you and your stooges are opposed to it.
We refuse to live in perpetual poverty and squalor conditions while our country’s wealth and resources are enjoyed by apartheid beneficiaries and a few black sell outs who sold their souls to you and your clique. We refuse to be marginalised and side-lined in the economy our country any longer. We refuse to continue residing in apartheid built townships without hope for a better life any longer. The poor standard of living and material conditions of our people must and will improve.
To many like you who have made illicit profits all these years from directly looting the South African economy, the state and unsuspecting ordinary South African consumers through your cartel corporations and companies controlling almost everything in the South African economy, your statement does not come as a surprise, this is the kind of statement which must be expected from a white monopoly capital racist. Your statement speaks volumes and if properly understood, it tells us clearly how low you think of the general SA black population.
To you South Africa remains a colonial enclave outpost where only you and your family and looting friends must enjoy all the rights and freedom to prosper, economically, at the expense of the majority of black people, in return the majority black people must remain economic slaves and consumers to your un-ending stream of income and businesses which make massive illicit profits and income. You are a member of the same family who are an apartheid beneficiary and amassed a lot of wealth, power and influence during the height of apartheid. You used the same blood stained apartheid wealth and money to unfairly build a bigger, stronger unrivalled economic capital empire that continues to undermine our post-apartheid democratic State of South Africa.
Please note that, at times wealth and power knows no limits to modesty and sensitivity, whenever statements of this nature are made by you and owners of likewise companies who in the past colluded with apartheid and supported an apartheid regime. You are an unruly accessory to the pain and suffering which was unleashed in the most ruthless and inhuman treatment towards black people for years while the likes of you and your family were reaping huge dirty profits.
Do you assume that we are fooled to think that you ever cared for the plight of black people who suffered under apartheid and those of us who continue to suffer to date – years after apartheid supposedly ended, with no hope of ever coming out of poverty and suffering? No you don’t care for us and you will never care for the plight of black people, all you do is render lip service to the suffering of our people. John Rupert the truth is that you only care about your wealth, money, profits and the extent of your power and influence you show off from time to time.
The reason why a white monopoly capital racist like you can make such reckless statements is that you know the truth about the many years has this economy has been manipulated by you and your ilk, without any repercussions.
Even though history is always written by the victor, at times it never lies. South Africans must be told the truth about the reasons why they are still suffering, years after been granted freedom, years after Mandela walked out of prison and years after the unbanning of all liberation movements.
Indeed, you must explain to us ordinary South Africans how come you call yourself a devout Afrikaner a.k.a African and yet you run and control companies listed and managed outside South Africa with no single black person seating on the board of Richemont corporation and yet continues to classify yourself as an African who is only concerned about the preservation of his family’s wealth and blood stained apartheid riches. It clearly explains why most of your wealth is stashed in Switzerland and other financial safe havens around the world and not in South Africa. It is time that wealth is returned to South Africa.
You must be reminded about the active role you played during apartheid. We know that you were not a supporter of the liberation movement, instead you supported apartheid and separate development policies that apartheid advanced. The end result of this painful separate development is that today South Africa is made up of vast majority of poor black people and well off middle and high class minority whites. It is time that South African apartheid companies be made to pay apartheid reparation for benefitting from apartheid gains.
As much as you hate our leaders and consider black leaders thieves and savages just remember that at the end of the day, they are leaders whom we as the majority of RSA have proudly chosen. They are the ones whom we support irrespective of what you think of them. No one has ever called you or your family thieves and yet you were part of those that looted and ransacked the coffers of South African Reserve Bank and treasury. Your companies continue to make money in all sorts of questionable practices and business activities some including industrial sabotage, collusion, price fixing and industrial monopoly.
The era of economic policies centred around apartheid legacy have ended and we are ushering in a new wave of radical socio-economic transformation across the country. And this time black people are heeding the call to take control and change ownership patterns of the economy of South Africa and participate as equals in the economy.
Our new mzansi black youth generation will not be deviated or deceived by your machinery of deception. Our people felt the full wrath of the pre-liberation era all their lives. They witnessed and felt the state machinery deployed against them and the parents.
You wrongfully reaped great rewards and protected your narrow self-interests driven by nothing but supreme arrogance and sheer greed with the conscious and /or unconscious support of the State.
You and your circle of billionaires have socially engineered the state of black poverty in this country. You’re directly responsible for our people’s poverty and economic suffering while you continue to frustrate the progress of our economic transformation.
The government owns a fraction of the economy, it is upto the private sector to be the biggest supporter calling for investments in the country; instead you have been opposing the South African call for investors. As the biggest beneficiary of apartheid and the new democratic system, the least you could do is to represent our country well internationally.
As a beneficiary of the corrupt Apartheid system; you have no locus standi to speak of looting or stealing. You and FW De Klerk belong in the same boat. You’ve committed worst crimes, built your wealth and status on the back and sweat of Africans and today you want to act holier than thou.
Our advice to you is stop using your wealth on oppressing black people. It is a shame to oppress one who has no power against you. There is a limit to everything, you too must know your limits, and we say enough is enough, every civilization or power structure has its own lifespan limits. This is our humble advice to you.
Nchabeleng is President of TransformationRSA