Who’s really to blame for the rising tensions in South Africa?

India-born South African businessmen brothers, Atul, Rajesh and Ajay Rajesh Gupta.

 

The rising ethnic tensions in South Africa are squarely the result of a few greedy people wishing to obfuscate their own corrupt practices.

It’s the oldest trick in the book. After all, what does a corrupt and incompetent government do when faced with the risk of exposure? Throw the teeming masses a scapegoat.

This could be an invasion of a scattering of small sub-Antarctic Islands in the South Atlantic, or perhaps an entire class of people. But the most popular form of this type of irresponsible behaviour is to blame an entire ethnic group and preferably one that can’t fight back either.

The African National Congress has had a virtual monopoly on power in South Africa for the best part of a quarter of a century and done an extremely bad job to boot.

Indeed, it is an argument in itself to say that your average South African, black or white, is in a relatively worse off place now in post-apartheid South Africa than they were when this racist system was still in place.

What is undeniable however is that members of the ANC have stolen an astronomical amount of money from the people of South Africa, money that could have been used to provide better infrastructure in the form of: schools; hospitals; roads; clean water; and other public utilities.

It’s no wonder that a majority of South Africans are so angry.

Enter the Gupta family.

This family emigrated from Uttar Pradesh province in India to South Africa back in 1993 and started a business empire which now is accused of being guilty of the crime of ‘state capture’.

Their strong ties to the Zuma regime are well known and documented both on a personal level and through their company Oakbay Investments.

These ties have led to widespread accusations of governmental corruption and undue influence which have been the focus of extensive international scrutiny and investigation.

This is worse than just ‘troughing’ at the public teat. This is taking off with the cow entirely and blaming it all on the bloke down the road.

Back in 2015, in order to fight back against mounting claims of corruption, the Gupta family hired the now defunct British based PR Company Bell-Pottinger which began a ruthless campaign of race-baiting in the Republic.

What was the true reason for the ills that South African citizens face on a daily basis? It surely couldn’t have anything to do with the ruling party which has been making all of the decisions in regards to governmental policy for the past 24 years. A party with a virtual monopoly in a so called ‘democratic’ state. A party that was at the beck and call of one family by the name of Gupta. Nah.

It’s the fault of those nasty ‘Whites’.

And what form did this unforgivable race baiting take?

“South Africa’s opposition Democratic Alliance alleges that Bell Pottinger’s campaign for the Guptas portrayed opponents of the family and South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma as agents of white-owned businesses, or “white monopoly capital,” in a bid to divert attention away from the powerful family linked to a variety of corruption scandals.

A cache of leaked emails in May alleged that the PR firm worked with Zuma’s son, Duduazne, and the Guptas to create a strategy that exploited the country’s racial tensions as well as edited the family’s Wikipedia page. Duduazne apparently told a Bell Pottinger partner that the campaign should be “along the lines of #EconomicEmancipation or whatever,” according to one email reported by the Guardian. Zuma subsequently spoke of “white monopoly capital” being behind calls for his resignation and suggested breaking up white ownership of businesses.” – Time, September 5th, 2017

And this is merely one example of the sort of shady practice that has been going on. Just scratching the surface of a level of corrupt stink that has been allowed to fester for a generation.

It’s no wonder there has been such an escalation of ethnic tension in the past few years with this sort of thing going on.

I guess it goes to show that greed can make people do anything, even provoke a level of inter-ethnic discord that risks all-out civil war.

 


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