Sandile Memela
Sandile Memela

Black males are ‘here to protect & preserve white domination’

I’ve never understood why black men have come forward to claim their concern about the state of the country and desire to save it. Black men who not only hold top dog positions in white-owned companies but have been given shares in the name of BEE often make such claims.

Now, there is a group of black (and white) men who have expressed concern at the state of the nation and have committed to making strategic interventions to ameliorate such conditions. There’s no doubt that this is good news for social cohesion and national stability. But this neither solves the problem nor addresses its genuine causes.

Nobody should be surprised. After more than three centuries of colonialism, 50 years of racial supremacy and perpetual white economic domination, many black men have learned not only to do things for white people but to lay down their lives for them too.

In fact, black men find ultimate pleasure, satisfaction, fulfilment and success in the act of keeping white supremacy and capitalism alive. This is the reason why we are alive: to keep our white bosses happy!

Perhaps what we need now are billboards all over the country of successful black men in golden chains looming over black men, women and children in the mines, manufacturing, media, retail and all other sectors. The punch line should simply read: “Here to protect & preserve white domination”. This is the act we excel in performing, at the expense of fellow Africans. The prize is white approval and lots of money in the bank.

In a racist and capitalist society where blacks neither own the land nor share the wealth, all that black males do is to compete with one another to receive some rewards that white men can give to them. If you are a black male who questions this competition, you are likely to be identified as a “problem” and ultimately eradicated from the system.

Most black males understand this and are not likely to cause problems by raising issues or being ANC political activists at work. Their chances of receiving favours in the form of promotions, positions and company cars – from those who own and control the economy – are multiplied if they just carry on with their lives and turn a blind eye to white economic monopoly.

This is the existing socio-economic order. Those who question it have been compared to the likes of Patrice Motsepe, Cyril Ramaphosa, Saki Macozoma, Tokyo Sexwale, Herman Mashaba, Phuthuma Nhleko and a host of others with interests and shares in various conglomerates. They are said to represent the totality of black economic empowerment.

But even more, black people are expected to celebrate when a black billionaire throws R10-million to 100 black charities or donates R2-million to murdered mineworkers. And nothing should be said when those who own and control the bulk of the economy are happy to carry on with business as usual.

Anyway, I don’t know why black men are tortured by this unfulfilled desire for white approval. It makes it very difficult for black males to be true to themselves. The only thing that black men have is their integrity. I think they can win it back if they are not afraid to speak the truth about how the lack of economic power makes them weak. A man without self-respect is not worth anything. He may have money and status, but it is useless.

The preservation of white economic control is essential to keeping black men in check. Black men will always see themselves as lacking as long as they don’t have money in their back pockets. In fact, a lack of economic power will always make black men subordinates to powerful white males. As a result, black males will always need white men to feed, shelter and clothe their families.

There are predominantly black men attending the ANC’s 53rd conference in Mangaung to decide on the future of this country, including its economic policies – and it is long overdue that these black men invite white men to attend round-tables to hold serious talks about the redistribution of the wealth of this country.

This is what is urged by Stellenbosch University’s economics professor Sampie Terreblanche in his book Lost in Transformation. He says white men must be told in no uncertain terms that for black men to be free, they must control the land and all its wealth. In fact, even the ANC agrees that this is what the second phase of transition is all about. But the media always makes it look so elusive and complicated. And this is worsened by the representation of black males who, suddenly, express concern about the state of the nation and promise to do something to change the way things are.

To be taken seriously, black men must stop lying to themselves and the country. They cannot solve the problems of this country without economic power. They need to up their game and make it clear that they are tired of cleaning up the more than 300-year-old mess that has been created by the white monopoly of wealth and power. Also, they must make it clear that they are tired of emulating white men, their lifestyle and their values used to measure success. This is what is alienating black men from their own communities; turning them into criminal targets and making them the subjects of vicious dinner conversations.

If black men are serious about self-worth and need the affirmation of their people, they must stop envying white males and doing things according to the capitalist gospel. Black men were not born to be protectors of white wealth but kings in their ancestral land. It is time that they act like kings in Africa. And for that, they need to control the economy.

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    • Timbo Slice

      Sounds like a recipe for no foreign direct investment and a destroyed economy.

    • Jean

      I’m a white male – to give my comment context. I agree with you in some ways but see things differently in others. I agree – as an outside observer, not knowing the experience of the black man in South Africa – that the psychological effects of colonization do need to be overthrown.

      That said, I feel that there needs to be some responsibility taken on the part of many of the black men you speak for their own choices in how they have handled the last 18 years. Your comments seem to absolve black men of responsibility for their actions and choices and place that burden solely on the white man.

      I think if one looks at societies around the world today and for much of history one sees problems that are caused not by black or white but by human nature.

      The wealthy businessmen you speak of have made choices – I believe – not because of some inferiority complex – but because of the simple will to wealth and power that drives so much of the inequality in the world.

      I think that by placing white people – yet again in the fore of a discussion about black choices you draw attention away from more pressing issues. I know that as a middle aged white South-African man I feel increasingly irrelevant in South Africa’s national discourse. The writing is on the wall for me and those like me.

      I don’t think white people matter as much anymore as you may think. Corruption, maladministration, poor education and decaying infrastructure matter more.

    • Richard

      There are two ways to control the economy. One is to be more efficient than the competitors (people will always want to pay less, whether it is to blacks or whites) and the other is by nationalisation or seizing the businesses that make up the economy. The route that has been tried – giving black companies tender contracts – was identical to what the Nats did after they won the elections in 1948, but it hasn’t really worked with the ANC, possibly simply because of the sheer numbers. The Nats had to uplift a couple of million, the ANC tens of millions. In any event, which do you advocate: efficiency or seizure?

    • Sterling Ferguson

      @Sendile, this article is pure crap and does nothing to move SA/ Africa forward.

    • Hirohito

      Well written, and sincere. Lots about redistribution, not much about growth and achievement. But there is far too much about black and white, and far too little about real economics, and real success. In the 70’s SA had a bigger economy than South Korea. Now SA is a puny underling compared to the Asian giants, which also suffered from colonialism – yes, read what Japan did to South Korea.SA is not unique, and must stop revelling in its victimhood, and claiming it as a unique and precious credential. It is not only black men who have a sense that SA has underperformed. The entire nation is conscious of its lack of achievement. And it is frankly tired of blaming others for it. It is time for the nation as a whole to get off its collective and collectivist ass and work – and to stop blaming others for its unsuccesses.

    • Warrenh Buffet

      “Black men were not born to be protectors of white wealth but kings in their ancestral land. It is time that they act like kings in Africa. And for that, they need to control the economy.” Worry less about control, and more about creation.If your economic vision is limited to controlling companies that others have created, you will always be weak. Create your own companies – not parastatal monopolies – real companies. Stand on your own feet. Be proud. Forget about others. Many other countries have done it. Forget the socialist lies about taking from others. Do it for yourself.

    • Warren Buffet

      “Black men were not born to be protectors of white wealth but kings in their ancestral land. It is time that they act like kings in Africa. And for that, they need to control the economy.” Worry less about control, and more about creation.If your economic vision is limited to controlling companies that others have created, you will always be weak. Create your own companies – not parastatal monopolies – real companies. Stand on your own feet. Be proud. Forget about others. Many other countries have done it. Forget the socialist lies about taking from others. Do it for yourself. Make SA proud.

    • Spongeworthy Bob

      Yes, that’s all very well Sandile, but what exactly are you proposing?

      What does this new black kingdom (your word) look like? How does it function? By what mechanisms will these powerful men redistribute wealth and overthrow “white” capital?
      The devil’s in the detail, brother.
      The nuts and bolts please! Not all this whimsy.

      BTW, whatever nameless faceless thing you are eluding to sure does not sound like a constitutional democracy to me.

    • Rich Brauer

      Mr. Memela,

      I have to note this is the second post in a row that borders on the misogynist.

      In your last post, you wrote: “Why would an African male refuse to run for the presidency of the most powerful country in the continent?” Specifically excluding women. Are women simply expected to be secondary; taking a back seat to the powerful black male?

      And then this. Do black women (or women of any colour, for that matter) simply not exist in your world?

      And then you call on black men to “act like kings in Africa”? The only king in Africa is in Swaziland. Where every year, thousands of girls dance, bare-breasted, for him. A country so badly ruled that they have one of the lowest GDPs in the world, where the HIV rate is the highest in the world.

      This is your vision for South Africa?

    • Benzo

      If your reference to “black males” is al inclusive for all men from African decent, I would like to protest on behalve of many “black males”, whom I have met. I wnder what you have to say about “females” from African decent who also have respectable positions in the corporate world. .

      You conclude by suggesting that “They cannot solve the problems of this country without economic power”.

      For all we know, “economic power” is based on hard work, initiatifs and creativity.. and the power will follow. Nothing that happened 50 to 500 years ago can stop a determined individual to obtain some economic power in his/her life time.

      You just classified yourself as one of those afro-pessimists spouting self fullfilling prophesies.

    • MrK

      The only constant is domination. The question is: who owns the mines and the banks?

      Is it the state, or is it one family?

    • manquat

      In every country. The majority controls the wealth. The majority are the richest citizens. In China, the richest are the chinese. In India the riches are the indians. In South Africa, the richest are black South Africans? No! This is a huge problem! We will not have social, economic and political stability until the Black people own the economy and become the richest in South Africa. For so long the colonizers of South Africa have exploited the people in South Africa to get ahead. Many rich nations was built off the back of slave labor.

      @Sandile your article is a call to black nationalism. For all black people to value, treasure and love African things including African people. We need to have confidence in our African leaders, businessmen and politicians. For so long the doctrine of “White is right” has been fed to us and still is fed to us left, right and center. Unfortunately, I’ve even heard coloureds and indians talking negatively about black people. We need to instill confidence in our blacks in our country, especially if they’ve gained their success honestly and with hard work that has uplifted their communities and made SA proud.

      I don’t think that we should attack capitalism and competition because strong competition causes people to truy harder and do better than the next bloke which will lead to higher quality products and service so that the best are rewarded for hard work and excellence. When we reward incompetence, we will surely fail.

    • manquat

      One of the problems we inherited in the new South Africa that hinders broad based black empowerment is the fact that our government was designed to cater for the needs of a minority. An infrastructure designed to benefit the minority and an education system designed toward the white minority ruled for a long time. Now all of a sudden we get “freedom” in 1994. The floodgates of freedom are opened to all. How can all share in freedom that has been designed to benefit a small elite for hundreds of years.

      We need to have institutions and policies in place that give every South African a fighting chance to improve their socio-economic status. One of the huge barriers we face is that the vast majority of South Africans have no access to quality education that could create a better life for all. So aparthied is 100% to blame for the mess we find ourselves in today. If the apartheid government had the insight to realize that their narrow minded, tiny infrastructure, tiny institutions would fail, they would have thought bigger but now we have a hell of a problem. Too many people wanting a space designed for a white minority. Hence the call for a revolution by Julius Malema.

    • Free us from the ANC

      Sandile, I think you may not have thought this through entirely before posting this piece.

      Are you suggesting that a succesful black man (economically – let’s stay with this) is only truly not a sell out, if his entire supply chain is also black? For example, a black man who owns his own business may find himself doing business with white customers, and/or procurung goods from white businesses. Does that negate the succeful black man’s businesss? He is now part of white capital (what ever that is) seeing as money is changing hands interacially?

      Are you able to rethink this? maybe black men would rather just be ‘men’……maybe white men would rather just be ‘men’. Maybe we would mostly all like to just be people and stop fixating with each others melanin. What if one feels like this? what if one simply gets a good job offer and accepts it so he can support his family……and if there is white people in the company?

      your piece makes no sense in a modern world – borders are imaginitive and the world is now a village. What you are complaining about is impossible to ‘correct’ if you feel it needs correction. We will need to trade cross border for the coming future….with people of all races. Black people will need to work for and with white people, and vice versa….and we will all need to work with/for the Chineses and the succesful Asian region which we should be emulating…….instead of this silly backwards looking attitude that you so blithly put out…

    • ian shaw

      THe current fairy tale is that white men accumulated their wealth by expoliting blakcs.. That is, in a capitalist system ,there must always be someone to exploit in order to accumulate wealth. Absolutely nothing is being sad about hard work, good ideas, risk taking and enterprenurship. Thus accoring to the mantra, the only way to accumulate welath is to “redistribute it” by taking it away from thos e who have it. This was a monumental failure every time it was tried, since wealth is not static, it must be renewed all the time. If you arrest its development it will cease to accumulate. Gaining control of the economy cannot be done in a one-step process of expropriation. But again, it is useless to argue the point with thsoe who believe in idoelogical jargon and outdated communistic ideas.

    • Dr Yzterbaard

      Sandile you are an economic ignoramus and a hopeless critic. There is of course no academic or logical basis for your diatribe other than the hopelessly liberal Sampie’s deathwish. So you’ll feel better is other blacks magically owned the ZA economy without paying for it, you unreconstructed racist? And this is your gospel according to that mentally pedestrian wishlist called the freedom charter? Grow up, get real and apply your mind to contributing to the world and leave your 1950’s uhuru mentality behind. You are a dangerous man, to yourself and to all the other short-cut artists wishing for the handout instead of making a life.

    • SecondhandBuddah

      Most white people have the same master-servant mentality as black people do. There are a very small minority (the 1% anyone? – even less in this country) who own and control everything. This conspiracy is well documented. So it is unfair to paint all white people with the same brush – Not that this pertinent fact is going to stop any commentators from blindly overlooking that most of us are in the same boat – regardless of skin color.

    • Bernard K Hellberg


      I take it you’re referring to Sasol, Iscor, roads in good condition (on which all may drive), Baragwanath Hospital (before it became the dreadfully dangerous and mismanaged Chris Hani Baragwanath), ports, functioning railways infrastructure, better housing than now, beggars on the streets a rarity, 50% pass rates not 30%, etc, etc.

      Who owns the land in the previous Bantustans? Try placing those hellholes under the regime’s control.

      You should really change your medication.

    • Mr. Direct

      Looking for someone to blame is the easy way out. Changing the way of measuring success is also a cop out.

      Stop playing the victim, and stop making excuses.

      There is nobody blocking your pathway to success, except for yourself.

    • TRCS2610

      I will like to agree with your blog’s assessment of things in SA, our corporate executive leaders are very quiet on the issue of poverty in our country. They only make noise when they feel there is a threat to their wealth. They have been engaged on many occassions where they were asked to make contribution in making South African economy accessible to all that leave in it but have not taken a lead in coming up with solutions but critisms only. They will always cry that FDI will not be possible with the current state of leadership but are very quiet in putting a corrective measures that needs to be put in place to reverse the trends. The FDI needs the people of the country to achieve the profits they envisage and it will only benefit everyone if we can ensure we care for the poor as we care for the profits. A suggestion was given Pres. Zuma that there should be a freeze on executive salary increases but that was met with no commitment from any of the top executives in the country. It is never a good thing when people only react when their wealth is threatened but our leaders must have the plight of the people at heart and make effort in improving their poverty. These days companies have taken away need to provide housing to their employees back to the government responsibility which puts more stress and challenge to the Depart of Human Settlement in term housing backlog inour country. We need to make a step change and close the economic gab in this country and very soon.

    • Lothar

      I am suddenly reminded of a student party years ago when a Xhosa friend admitted that when his mother punished him for all his childhood indiscretions she would yell at him for not being as well behaved and saintly like a white child. “Why can’t u be white?!” she would yell at him. We would laugh at the story, but it reminded me of a deeper pain some carry around from those times and the wrong perceptions people had. It is sad to realize that apartheid wasn’t really about being evil or hatred – it was all about the money and power.
      So dress up your arguments about race all that you want – it will always be about sharing or taking money and power by force : a legacy from colonial times still alive and well in Africa

    • Solly Moeng

      Sandile, Sandile, Sandile!

      Poor (pun intended) black men; I doubt that whatever it is that you’re trying to do with this post (stroke their conscience and urge them a bit?) will achieve the desired outcome.

      Many black men and, increasingly, women have come to benefit economically because of BBEEE and EE legislations. As you say it so well, having families with kids to feed doesn’t make it easy for people to even consider biting the hands that feed them. But it still seems unrealistic to even imagine that such a complex country like South Africa could be looked at in a such a binary fashion. There is good and there is bad in all sides; for sides there still are!

      All black men who acquire wealth do not necessarily think of sharing with others, building communities, and contributing to national cohesion. Conversely, all white men with wealth in their hands (inherited or earned) are not bad people who do not contribute to nation building and social cohesion. In fact, I have seen many more whites giving back than blacks with wealth do.

      Perhaps, just perhaps, we should celebrate all South Africans, black or white, men and women; who love this country and who go out their way to give, to contribute? It seems inconceivable from where I sit, that South Africa will ever be a nation with only one racial group, unless some mad people were to to attempt another genocide (which would never succeed anyway!).

      Let’s celebrate who we are as a nation, work together to make…

    • Freddie

      Mr Memela, your piece does nothing whatsoever to take South Africa forward. It is solely focused on “black men”, deliberately excluding black women, coloureds and Indians, not to mention white South Africans, most of whom are only trying to get by in their lives and make a decent living.

      You say that black South Africans should “live as kings in Africa” and “control the economy”; how do you envision this should happen? Does this vision of yours entail policies akin to the disastrous failures in neighbouring Zimbabwe? If so, your vision will not materialise.

      When black South African men – and many do – build their own companies and create their own wealth, it will most definitely be theirs. But “redistributing” wealth from “white” companies will not empower black South African men and it will not help them stand on their own two feet.

      Mr Memela, you might have the best intentions but for the sake of South Africa and its ethnically diverse people, and its fragile democracy, a more all-encompassing, shared vision is needed. Refrain from blaming “the white man” for all of the country’s present woes and focus on how the country can become a place for all races – not just “Black men” – and where everyone can follow his or her dreams.

      Can you put aside your anger and your blinkered views and try to focus on the “common enemy” instead – the endemic poverty, the collapse of education across the country, the rampant corruption, the moral decay?

    • Sean

      Black (not Koi or San) people migrated to SA from northern Africa, White people later migrated by ship, they both settled on land which was at that time not being used.

      The country in these times was not developed, white people deployed the knowledge they brought with them to build farms, cities, businesses and industries.

      During this process, black people started moving to these cities and working for the white people, thereby assisting them in these endeavours.

      White people passed laws to keep black people separate from whites and deny them opportunites.

      Laws were then passed to make black people equal to white people, due to their greater numbers they took power in elections.

      Now they argue that all land and businesses should belong to black people and white people must just hand them over.

      Somehow there is a bit of logic missing from their argument and whilst it can be argued that there should be some compensation made to make up for the gains that black people would have made if they had had equal opportunities to white people (the injustice), surely we need to assess what the situation would have been if the injustice had not taken place.

      This is of course a simplification, but it does sum up the situation !

    • Chico

      Mr Direct is 100% correct. Stop the blame game, get on and change things.

      Your Black government has dropped the ball in supporting the most potent path to Black empowerment: education. Because of your government and your (teacher) trade unions, Black children are less educationally empowered now than under apartheid.

      The failure of the educational system, and thus the lack of Black empowerment, has nothing to do with White capitalism and White domination. It has everything to do with embittered Blacks like yourself who have driven skilled Whites out of the educational system, protected and tolerated mediocre to useless Black teachers, installed corrupt cadre deployees into administrative educational positions, and betrayed your own children.

    • Lucky Ntuli


      I wish there was an emoticon for buffing when one reads such rubbish.

      The most unfortunate part of all of this rubbish, is that there are folks in SA who actually believe this nonsense.

    • Brian B

      Sandy, You are insulting the many men and women of this country of all cultures who actually work a full day and try their best to create a future instead of bewailing their inadequacies .

    • MrGrumpy

      The most surprising part of the garbage written by S Memela, is that this chap is regarded by the website as a Thoughtleader. But I suppose the thoughts do not need to be sensible…

    • Songololo

      Hi Lucky,

      I am one of those who agree with Memela, and I think there are very few of us. Why? because a great number of our people will attack you for bringing this up. This does not necessarily mean I disagree with you. Because chances are you may not have come across any of the enlighten few. You are therefore not at fault, because the numbers support you.

      There are these nauseating people who take pride in being friends to Whites. I have nothing against Whites, some of my neighbors are white, and we do hold unpatronising conversations, mutually respecting one another.

      I work in an environment where most have three to four degrees, and I usually run away when my people start wagging their tails. And some of my white colleagues seem wary that a greeting from them tend to send us into a spin.

      Yesterday I had a great 16 December braai ko kasi with darkies who do not have as many degrees. Maybe this education is not good for some of us.


    • Dave Harris

      The legal shenanigans by the usual suspects have sabotaged BEE and BBEE resulting in over 90% of top CEO positions are still dominated by white males even two decades since our liberation!!!

      Furthermore, we still have the absolute dominance of white culture via the economy, media, education, land ownership etc. perpetuated by a system kept intact through one-sided negotiations during the final months of our liberation struggle.

      Some of the former freedom fighters are certainly seduced by wealth – this has ALWAYS been the case in EVERY liberation struggle where the previously oppressed become oppressors of their own people if left to their own devices.

      Appealing to black males to do the right thing is futile!!!
      We need to act rapidly to revise BEE and intensify our transformation initiatives by working within our political and legal establishment to effect change!

    • Lost Faith

      Mr. Memela’s analysis has the great virtue that it is utterly simplistic and can be understood by a child : White males bad, black males good. Take “the economy” and all will be well. The problem, of course, is that the analsis is so utterly simplistic.

      Please, Mr. Memela, stop treating white males like gods who somehow control your destiny. “The economy” gets created and consumed every day. The mines and farmland make up a very small percentage of the economy and the vast bulk of white income is derived from services that they provide. Whether you like it or not, the only route to black wealth will be by way of developing the skills and mindset to produce the services that result in income. The little fanstasy that there is some sort of “economy” that can be taken and redistributed is a sad misreading of economic processes in the 21st century.

    • The dictator to save you from yourselves

      Harris: Appealing to anyone who is a powercrat to do the right thing is futile. “intensify our transformation initiatives by working within our political and legal establishment to effect change!” sounds like nonsense to me.

    • Charlotte

      @ Memele. Quote: “To be taken seriously, black men must stop lying to themselves and the country.”
      To be taken seriously, you should stop lying to yourself about being able to write.
      Self-publishing is no recommendation.

      This must rate as the worst piece of writing I have ever had the misfortune to wade through. I only did it, as usual, with a pen in my hand, to see how many times you could possibly repeat yourself – and to use it as demonstration for a writing class. Repetition (even of one word or phrase) which should be avoided at all costs, and which is the first sign of the novice who hasn’t the foggiest idea of how to write, is embraced by you to prove how banal it is possible to get.
      Guess how many times ‘black men/males’ were mentioned in this thing? … 6? 8? 10? 14? 18? 20? …
      No! It was 25 times!!
      You also have “‘white owned, white people, white supremacy, white bosses, white domination, white approval (twice), white economic monopoly, white control and white males (3 times). I didn’t bother to count the ‘economy’s and ‘economic powers’ …In fact, all you do with your yammering is paint all whites, black – and whitewash all blacks….. And hey, why did you omit Coloureds, Indians – and women? What about them? Don’t they exist in this country? Or do they fall outside your obsession?
      Even by your puerile standards, this piece of drivel sets a new standard.

    • Andrew

      Dave Harris, you habitual racist liar! Saying that “… over 90% of top CEO positions are still dominated by white males…” is utter nonsense! Check out the “top CEO” positions in all of the JSE-listed companies, and you will find a surprisingly high number of black male and female CEOs – not to speak of virtually all SA parastatals. Do some homework before you disseminate your dangerous lies.

    • Loudly South African

      Excellent self-portrait.

      One of your better, no – your only good – articles.

    • The Creator

      Don’t agree with much of what you’re saying, but the shrieking frenzy of the anti-black propagandists who throng this thread shows that you’re at least pissing off the right people!

    • khoisan

      The sad thing about this, is that there are people that actually believe and act out this weak idealogy. There are no black men, there are no white men. There are men that understand the spiritual truth and that materialism breeds death. Did Jesus deliver a political message that satisfied the then Jewish oppression? No. Answers are not going to be found in choosing idealogy or economic stratergy based on black/white/asian/ european ancestry arguments… 2000 years ticking along show me something new… I dare you.

    • Tofolux

      @Sandile, what did you expect tho? I ask this against a background of 350yrs of a subservient black bowing to his master save for a handful of revolutionaries who refused to succumb to dehumanisation. Instead of lamenting, it is necessary to interrogate this issue. Personally, I think that capitalism throughout the world ensures subservience and guarantees class inequalities. In fact it dictates disunity. If we the most unequal society in the world, then why? We know the interests of the minority (ie shareholders who own the top 10 companies) is looked after by the managing class. The govt has provided the conditions for business to flourish and they have enacted laws to redress inequalities. Business did everything to undermine these programs and they created a layer within their hierarchies for the ”professional black”, a subordinate and fit for purpose. Our model ensures there is no fusion of state or business apparatus with labour movements or the poor becos capital will not allow it. Those who have ”sold out” do so for all those reasons articulated by our revolutionaries. What is obvious tho is that we do NOT question or expose these people even when they are in our midst on a daily basis. We never call into question their conduct even if they parade this really bad behaviour of succumbing and bowing to their master’s commands. We sit around quietly, pretending. Why? Could it be that we have failed to realise(mentally) that we are indeed free?

    • Toni Benoni

      Sandile, nothing stops the black government from actually restoring blakc ownership of so many assets that were stolen. Our black government instead has chosen not to give the actual land back to the people of district 6, or Triomph or… because it is too “difficult” – hell even when the buyer and seller agree the state bugger it up. The Black state could easily just give people the title deeds to their RDP houses so that they can do with their assets what they choose – but the ANC will never do that because the hand of patronage is critical to stay in power. At least the colonialists and racists where honest, they called black people children to their faces. Our black elite have the same view of their own people which is tragic. The black elite won’t give the black man his freedom because it is not in their interests. Steve Biko was right all along – white men aint gonna save us nor are our “elected” blakc elite.

    • Zeph

      I think I have read this before. It is just rehashed garbage.
      I do agree that there has to be change as our country seems rather unstable…it would be so much easier if we were just more honest in our assessments of who we are, where we came from and where we should go. Get rid of the bullshit or go read a Mills and Boon novel where you can wallow in rehashed romantic stupidity.

    • impedimenta

      Really, Sandile, this is so passe. It is time to stop blaming whites and take destiny into your own hands. Rewrite this without mention of apartheid and colonialism and you will have an article worthy of the new South Africa.

      Twenty years of demoncracy and there is a whole generation of young people willing to build a new economy – they are being crippled by the blinkered stance of old leaders and poor goverance. They lack the skills needed because the ANC has trashed their education. Now Zuma is back for another term – we get what we ask for.

      What’s your plan to get things working in SA?

    • Lynda

      A century has passed since W.E.B Du Bois described how white domination affects a “double consciousness” for the Black American. Du Bois referred ‘double consciousness as “a world which yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world. It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his twoness, two unreconciled strivings….”
      Sandile posit that black men, especially those in business, who dare speak-out negatively about the state of the nation do so to please their white bosses/white business partners. By inference, Sandile assumes these black men have no self-consciousness. According to his logic, black business men cannot possible speak-out in order to protect their wealth created by BEE shares like any other business men. They are “Jar heads” who do not understand where and how profits are generated hence cannot objectively comment on political risks. They can only do so to please their white bosses.
      Sandile’s logic is a hallmark of internalized racism. Stuart Hall (1986) defines internalized racism as “the ‘subjection’ of the victims of racism to the mystifications of the very racist ideology which imprison and define them”. Sandile perpetuates the very idea of white supremacy that blacks have no true self-consciousness…

    • The Critical Cynic

      Oh dear – I would hazard a bet that even our government, for all their many failings, wouldn’t dare sprout such racist sexist drivel I think you just suffered a huge demotion of respect Sandile.

      Meanwhile, in among all the comments are a couple – like those from SecondhandBuddah and Lothar – that urge you all to stop fixating on the distractions and see the ‘game of life’ for what it really is thesedays. Colour and gender are just 2 of the distractions the rich have thrown at the world to chew upon. There’s also war, drugs, crime, hate, you name it they’ll dish it up to you as long as you don’t focus too much on the ever widening gap between the rich and poor. The rich certainly don’t want us spending too much time identifying just how much is controlled by so few of them. (I stand corrected, but my recollection is that in 2009 the wealthiest 354 people controlled the same wealth as the poorest 2.4 billion people! The statistics in SA are probably even more uneven, but it suits you to rather point a finger at one white ‘race’, when the colour of that oppressive race is, for want of a better word, gold (money) and money doesn’t discriminate over colour anywhere near as much as over possession.

    • Blogroid

      May i rephrase a quote by Groucho Marx, from today’s Daily Maverick , to which i turned in confusion after reading your weird and seriously confused blog.: “Politics [read: your blog] is [about] the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.”

    • Blogroid

      Of course on reflection that is one thing you haven’t done… have you?…. Applied any remedy other than vengeful spitefulness at the many million formerly disadvantaged citizens who have made immense strides into the modern age over the past two decades notwithstanding the generally paradoxical nature of the entire experience…

      Presumably you are aware that in 1994 Nobody had the Internet, YouTube, digital IPads, cellular interconnectivity or an entire global economy called Cyberspace… All this modernity that you somehow ascribe to whiteness is shared equally across all 7 billion persons on our planet few of whom are [so-called] ‘white’… and fewer care about it.

      Are you suggesting a return to the feudal formations characteristic of eons aged pre-colonial Afrika as being the only honest way out for ‘darkie’ to live at peace with himself… abandon this modernity, which, in your confused state you associate with [so-called] whiteness… Presumably China Mall et al, doesn’t exist in your awareness.

      Come and explain that idea to the males in my ‘freeborn’ 11th grade class, who Google relentlessly, produce their work on power point presentations, and four of them [under 17’s] set a C class Olympic qualifying time for their record breaking 4X200 metre relay… Every one blacker than me, proud to be and preparing to take over the world like any kids growing up anywhere on Earth.

      Ok so maybe no one invited you to Mangaung.

    • Sterling Ferguson

      @Lynda, there are those that will tell you that what went on in the US with the blacks and white relationship is not the same as in Africa. For one thing the blacks in Africa are the majority and these people are faced with different challenges. After Du Bois wrote the “Veil” he came back and wrote about the cultural difference of various groups.

    • Sterling Ferguson

      @Lothar, the story you told about your mother asking you to act like a white child has been told all over the world. This is called an inferiority complex blacks had of themselves all over the blog world. When the Europeans came in contact with black Africa, the blacks in Africa saw all these good the Europeans had given the world and black Africa had nothing to offer. The people in Africa looked at the Europeans as being superior and the Africans as being inferior. This is why in most of black Africa the government officials don’t trust going to an African hospital and will go to Europe or the US for medical treatment. Most of this inferiority of blacks was caused by years of brainwashing by the whites telling them that they couldn’t achieve on their level.

      In the US, there was a class of black writers that wrote about the brainwashing by whites telling them that they were inferior. For a long time it was shameful for a black person to be called black in the US. The black intellectuals in the US preached against this behavior and fought to change it. In Brazil, for a long time the blacks have just started to call themselves black and thus creating a problem in that country.
      When Obama was elected president of the US this created a change throughout out the black world in their attitude to how they viewed themselves.

    • Tofolux

      @Lynda, noting that you have borrowed so heavily from Du Bois to make your point one wonders why this borrowing of Americanism is fashionable when we have so many revolutionaries and visionaries from Africa who articulated this complex suffered by whites who impose their deficiencies on ”fit-for-prupose” blacks. The point you miss is the fact that ”whites” play a huge role in the subjugation and that there is not only one person in this ”play”. You also fail to understand that the conditions is set and choreographed (by whom?) hence the assertion that the masser must be ”told in no uncertain terms”. The overarching issue here is that Sandile’s debate is very relevant and a major societal problem and it poses a challenge in rebuilding our fratured society. Also, some fail to understand that this practise is part of the moral decay of our society because it re-affirms the inequalities. But what is quite surprising is your deflection of “‘perpetuating white supremacy that men have no true selfconsciousness” and I would like to ask for further substantive explanation on this claim. Not only is it interesting that most of the other comments reveal a certain amount of discomfort and clearly it is obvious why that should be. To borrow from an author to make a point must show some some conceptual understanding of the author’s ideology otherwise the sense is that not only is there misunderstanding but complete distortion for a very narrow agenda.

    • The Critical Cynic

      I don’t know why you quote professor Sampie Terreblanche saying white men must be told in no uncertain terms that for black men to be free, they must control the land and all its wealth. This is illogical thinking unless it’s been quoted out of context. If only those who control and land and all it’s wealth can be free, then very few of us are close to free and this certainly isn’t the case.

      No, control of stuff isn’t the essence of freedom, it’s just the lie that the world has been fooled into pursuing. But the opposite, having nothing, can certainly remove many freedoms that those of us who ‘have’ take for granted.

      You state “In fact, even the ANC agrees that this is what the second phase of transition is all about. But the media always makes it look so elusive and complicated”
      – if this really is the ANC’s stated goal of the second transition then I wager they are excluding the vast majority from their definition of the black men they intend giving this control to – if you think they are going to spread it (I see you like to redistribute, easier than creating) the wealth around evenly after all you have observed thus far you are patently delusional. The reason why the media make it look elusive and complicated is because it is. There is no easy solution to reducing wealth inequality, especially without real political will and big economic balls.

    • Lynda


      I am not sure why you view my quote of Du Bois as a no-confidence gesture to your so called “revolutionaries and visionaries from Africa”. In my world, quoting a person on a certain issue does not necessarily nullify the contribution of others. Of course this may be so in your tiny world of one-dimensional thinkers.

      I cannot understand how a right thinking person would confuse internalised racism with denying of White racism because clearly the former is a consequence of the latter.

      Why a need to tell the white men what the Black men need. You are the majority with political power, use it.