By Tiisetso ‘Afrika’ Makhele
Firstly, let me indicate to you what you already know. Your money is dirty and stinks of our people’s blood. Your billions are not a product of any sweat. They are stolen from our African people. When your ancestors came here they were wearing khaki shorts. They did not have land, minerals, livestock or tobacco. They only harboured intentions to steal, and they stole a lot.
When the ANC, the movement I adore, took part in negotiations for democracy, little did they know that they were fattening monsters like yourself. Little did the ANC know that your likes are not willing to transfer land and wealth to its rightful owners, but simply wanted to exploit Africa further.
You have recruited fallible Blacks into your kraal, who today sing your tunes. Please know that it is not all Blacks who can be recruited by creatures like you. You have bought some spineless Blacks with money, so that they speak rotten English to defend your ill-gotten wealth, at the expense of the Black majority. Please know that I, Tiisetso Makhele, am not intimidated by you, or your self-appointed bodyguards.
In one of his teachings, world renowned ANC stalwart, late President Nelson Mandela urged us to forgive, but not to forget. In his wisdom, President Mandela knew that if we forgot the atrocities of the past, snakes may want to distort our history, claiming to be peace-time heroes, whilst undermining our reconciliation agenda.
Let me remind you, that in 1958, the Congress Alliance and the South African Congress of Trade Unions (SACTU) boycotted the buying of cigarettes from your father’s firms. These movements contended that your father, Anton Rupert, was “a capitalist architect of business Apartheid”.
It is common knowledge that your wealth is a product of White Afrikaner privilege. The White supremacist Afrikanerbond or Broederbond, and its driving agenda of ‘volkskapitalisme’, which rose out of wholesale exploitation of Blacks, land and economic dispossession of the African peoples, and the illegal enrichment of the White minority, are what led to this wealth that you flash today.
I do not want to mention the Sanlam-Naspers-Momentum gangsterism, or the Urban Foundation-Old Mutual-Rembrandt connection because your late father probably told you about them when he was inducting you.
Radical Economic Transformation is a noble desire of all the Black majority in this country. For you to equate such a noble agenda to theft is an insult to the people whose land and resources have been stolen. It is an insult to the thousands who died during the struggle for liberation. You must indeed spit saliva on your navel.
As a beneficiary of Apartheid and colonial theft, you must humble yourself in front of those who remain victims of the ruthless epoch of Apartheid and colonialism. Rather than project your pompous pride, you must first apologise to Africans in particular and Blacks in general, and continue to willingly share your ill-gotten wealth with them. You must then summon your fellow choristers, like the Oppenheimers, to do the same. Our silence is not a sign of cowardice. Reconciliation is not a tool for emotional and psychological blackmail. Our patience is definitely not unlimited…
Makhele is an ANC member in Bram Fischer Branch, Mangaung Region, Free State. He writes in his personal capacity