A lesson in history

07 Sep

Prior to reading this post, please bear in mind that I am a proponent for Affirmative Action and/or Black empowerment of any kind. I argue in favour of this not because that non-blacks be denied opportunities in this country. I do so because I am of a firm believe that structural damages caused by the legacy of apartheid needs to be repaired.

It seems that my fellow citizens of a lighter skin tone are antagonist to anything that seek to advance the black race economically.  I acknowledge the fact that we are living in the new democratic dispensation and as such every citizen must be afforded equal opportunities in order to live a better life as promised by the ruling ANC. However, it worries me that whenever a big corporate announces a job vacancy with a clause that those who will be considered are people from designated groups; there becomes a furore threatening boycotts against the company involved.

It should be unreservedly acknowledged that the apartheid history left an indelible mark to those who were considered sub-human during those dark days. A beautiful country such as South Africa, today faces challenges of many kinds. We are at the bottom of the foot chain in terms of quality of education in the world, people continue to perish as a result of communicable diseases and spatial developments in our communities leaves much to be desired. These challenges still prevails largely because of the disadvantage that the descendant of those suffered the injustices of the past bears.

For a corporate company like The South African Airways and Woolworths to adopt the Employment Equity policies is a gesture of attempting to address the inequities of  the past. Such interventions are implemented not to disadvantage the minorities in this country, but to correct the wrongs of history and put every citizen on an even playing ground. I mentioned two companies in particular, because, certain group of people threatened them not to buy at Woolworths nor fly SAA after they have publicly announced that the vacant posts are reserved for targeted groups.

It is to err to think any company that introduces Employment Equity plans discriminates against white people. It should be further understood that Employment Equity plans seek to address the shortage of designated groups in certain categories of employment, and to address these, a pool of applicants (largely black) is targeted.

It is the imperative of the constitution to fix our society so as to achieve the ideals of equal opportunities for all, that the opposing Democratic Alliance envisage. In actual fact, Affirmative Action is enshrined in our constitution as per section 9 (2). Therefore, it is fitting to assume that policies such as Employment Equity are necessary to fix the system; it does not fix itself.

My dear reader, walk with me down the memory lane as I remind you that Employment Equity policies are necessitated by some of the policies implemented during the scavenger-era of apartheid. Job Reservation Act, which prohibited black people from getting certification for their skills and trade is a case in point.

Lesson to be derived:

If there is a lesson to be derived in the history of apartheid and the prevailing state of affairs is that whatever decision you take, whatever choice your make, these might have a profound adverse impact on your descendant.

It is therefore unwarranted for the solidarity groups to oppose employment equity and to declare boycotts against those companies implementing Affirmative Action.


Posted by on September 7, 2012 in Politics


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3 responses to “A lesson in history

  1. sidwellm

    September 7, 2012 at 8:57 am

    There is very little apartheid left in this country; in fact, the occasional racist turns out to be to town’s idiot of any race ‘a Peter Griffin’. The issue is superiority. White people do not want to be below a black person, I have heard things such as ‘what does he know, who does he think he is?’. Until such a time that whites realise that all man is equal, they will understand the need for Affirmative Action.

  2. Bafedile Mafologele

    September 24, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    This subject is very touchy and you are about to piss of a lot of influential people. You do know those with resources run this country and Afriforum will take you to court if they see this. That aside though.

    I am of the firm view that this country needs a dictator, someone with balls of steel and someone who will stand up to the Caucasians like Mugabe did and do things that benefit the natives…unapologetically so. If I was the president, Lord have mercy!!! I would have addressed this redress issue in next to no time, black people would have land and we would not be arguing about a stupid woolworths vacancy, we would be arguing about the whole government and its respective departments being black.

    • Dumi-rocks

      September 26, 2012 at 10:52 pm

      I have not read the policies that Uncle Bob adopted when he dealt with the land question, and as such I do not know the benefits attached to effecting this policy in the country at large.

      You do know that we do not have to agree, Morena. As much as you are outright with regards to the land issue, I would like to reserve my opinion because as you said “those with resources run this country”, I will need to knock on their door one day. Forgive me for not being clear on the land issue, because I believe that what a person say in the public domain has a potential to have a detrimental effect on his personal progression and development.

      I admire AfriForum ways of doing things, natives can learn a thing or two from them. Even if they see that their fight is unwarranted, they carry on with their utterances in the name of defending minority’s interest!

      Thanks for your contribution.


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