Mxolisi ka Nkomonde says apartheid policing of Black people alive and well and in today’s world it poses as the rule of law, anti-corruption, transparency, antigovernment litigation and investigative journalism. Catch him on Twitter @MxolisiBob
Apartheid in South Africa has morphed itself into various forms of “subtle“ institutional racism ranging from the escalation of security complexes and exposing personal details of Blacks as a mutation of the “pencil test”.
The concentration of media control in South Africa creates a situation whereby it uses its position to sell particular narratives about Black people as “corrupt”, ”backward” and “cannot govern”. This Apartheid style reporting masquerades as transparency and investigative journalism where we have seen the leaking of Julius Malema’s matric results and personal banking details, sealed criminal records of Manto Tshabalala- Msimang, Cyril Ramaphosa’s land site, Dan Matjila’s Maserati and recently, the leaking of an interview between Jacob Zuma and former public protector Thuli Madonsela – this despite the Public Protectors Act which clearly states that it’s forbidden unless the office of Public Protector deems it necessary in the public interest.
What is very surprising about these “exposes” is that they infringe on peoples’ rights yet the public seems oblivious to the fact that this largely happens to Black people as a form of apartheid-style “pencil test” to determine the “true” nature of our Blackness since they “help” in assessing levels of “corruption”, ”backwardness” and “inability to govern” based on the narrative they are trying to sell.
There’s an ongoing “hunt” for the “corrupt” in South Africa which is merely another form of “witch hunt” for “heathens” undertaken by missionaries when they embedded themselves in African society seeking to “cleanse” the “uncivilised”.
Corruption is a huge problem in South Africa and stems from the fact that the country has suffered the greatest systematic corruption in the form of colonisation and apartheid but if one uses the media in South Africa to gauge this problem, then the narrative is that “Blacks are corrupt” yet the only “power” Blacks have is 25% of Gross Domestic Product through government.
It is therefore clear that 75% of the corruption in South Africa in the hands of Whites is shielded from scrutiny or the “pencil test” to create the perception that “Natives cant govern themselves.”
In August 2000 the South African Human Rights Council, a Chapter 9 institution, delivered a report titled Faultlines:Inquiry Into Racism In The Media which had the following finding. “South African media can be characterised as racist institutions. This finding holds regardless as to whether there is a conscious or unconscious racism, direct or indirect. The cumulative effect of racist stereotypes, racial insensitivity and at times reckless disregard for the effect of racist expressions on others, amounts to racism.”
Since media ownership in South Africa is highly concentrated among a few White controlled companies, there has been no change in the racist reporting which has its roots in Colonial and Apartheid delusions of White superiority. Until the media cartels are dismantled this invasive form of reporting which applies to Blacks to replace the proverbial “pencil test” will not end anytime soon.