There’s a certain group of people who live in a bubble of economic power, and privilege, where the things like poverty and unemployment don’t seem to affect them. I’m not going to openly call them out but I’m going to pretend that you don’t have a clue who I’m referring to and you’re going to act like that’s okay.
I’m appealing to them to do themselves a favour and please allow economic power to be spread amongst the other groups in South Africa - help us tackle poverty; perhaps forget about nepotism and employ some of us here and there. Their denial of any wrongdoing (I’m looking at you liberals) overlooks the endless possibilities of a South Africa we can all claim to be our home.
If not for those you’ve screwed over, at least do it for yourselves.
Imagine the money that could be made by the businesses you already own if more South Africans had more disposable income to spend?
Imagine the economic growth if we had more people spending that disposable income in your businesses?
Imagine how safe you would feel if people could afford to sustain themselves and not look to a life of crime?
Imagine a South Africa where we could at least pretend to get along and can fool the world with our faux happiness?
Yes, I made this unrealistically idealistic. The fact that I’m having to ask this means that you lot don’t want to listen to logic or rationale.
If the state of affairs continues as it is, there’ll be a few unhappy campers who are looking over at your land and privileged lives and think “I want some of that” and when that happens, they won’t ask as nicely as I am.
We aren’t even asking for anything major; just enough so that we can survive. Enough that our youth can pursue the lives they want without worrying what their families will eat. Enough so that people don’t resort to crime for a living. Don’t tell me that’s what the government is meant to do because they are just reversing the process y’all set in motion in 1948.
So, please help yourselves. I know you want more money. I know you want to feel safer in your homes. I know you want to live in a better South Africa.
The South Africa you are pushing us towards isn’t a very pleasant place. You won’t like us when we get forceful.