27 years after the first democratic elections in South Africa, many people believe that nothing much has changed. For those who grew up and worked under the old regime , they might see huge changes and differences between the current and the old government.
But that change is only visible to them not the rest of South Africans who suffer on a daily basis.
Since apartheid ended the government has done too little to address the huge inequality of South African society. The truth is most black people are living in third world conditions , and they make up about eighty percent of the population , while whites enjoy the highest standard of living , which is in the same level as first world countries.
One of the disturbing truth is the fact that the white minority has become wealthier than the black majority , now than it was back in 1994 when Mandela became president , according to New York Times.
And by the look of things it seems like nothing is being done to address such issues , only a few schemes are put in place , like the BEE which was designed to enrich a few connected black people.
This brings to the fore the long standing question : Did we end the apartheid or a Deal was made for it to stop.? Was it ended after secret meetings were held.?
According to Forbes , a tiny black elite South Africans have became super rich largely through government connections . The white minority got a grand bargain out of the process of ending apartheid . Out of the deal , blacks came out with power controll over politics , while economy and wealth remained in the hands of whites.
Let's face the facts , all the liberation movements of SA were still far from defeating the apartheid system. All they could master back then were a few ungovernable towships at a time. The apartheid government never even once felt like they were in danger of being overthrown by South Africans , much of the pressure came from outside in the form of sanctions , boycotts and worldwide protests .
The standard of living for South Africans is the reflection of how apartheid was ended. If it was ended on terms that favoured the oppressed , we would be singing a different tune now.
According to my uneducated mind , the 1994 democratic elections and the freedom that followed , were not the triumph of the liberation movement(s) instead it was an event in which whites gave up political power in exchange with the preservation of their privileges as well as a means to be free of the creepling sanctions .
Whites were aware that neither side could prevail outright and the continuation of apartheid would have led to race wars in the country and probably more sanctions.
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