On 15 November 2022, during a question-and-answer session in the Gauteng Legislature, the Premier of Gauteng, Panyaza Lesufi, indicated that he will have the overdue power and water bills in Soweto and other townships written off because those people are poor, but that poor white people, and particularly poor elderly white people, do not deserve to enjoy that benefit.
His response was elicited by the FF Plus’s question of whether other areas, apart from townships, where poor and elderly people reside can also expect to benefit from the debt-cancellation programme.
Lesufi simply said that he knows what is implied by the question and that those people do not deserve to have any of their debt written off.
The FF Plus considers Lesufi’s attitude to be fundamentally racist and condemn it with contempt.
Since 1994, there is a growing group of impoverished white people as a result of the ANC’s discriminatory practices, even though these people do not deserve to be punished for what happened in the past.
It, furthermore, appears that the Coloured and Indian communities in, among other places, Eldorado Park and Laudium should also not expect too much in terms of government aid.
During a briefing by the Gauteng Legislature’s Economic Development Committee, the Department tabled an economic development plan which includes many black areas, but not Eldorado Park or Laudium.
Coloured and Indian communities should possibly prepare themselves for a full-scale programme of discrimination against them by the Lesufi government.
In the FF Plus’s view, it is unacceptable that minority communities where poor people reside are being overlooked while black people are the only ones to benefit. This is, however, part of Lesufi’s election plan to canvass for black votes for the 2024 elections to prevent the ANC in Gauteng from imploding completely.
Research conducted by UNISA on the income levels of families in Gauteng indicates that black people are by far the dominant group in the middle and upper middle class.
Black families with an annual income exceeding R50 000 per year comprise 64,5% of all households. Even on the highest income level of R840 000 and more per year, black people comprise the dominant income group with 8,9%, compared to white people with 3,9%, Coloureds with 0,1% and Indians with 0,1%.
It is, furthermore, interesting to note that the highest income level of black households (8,9%) is not much bigger with the ANC’s social engineering in the form of Affirmative Action and Black Economic Empowerment after nearly 30 years in power.
It offers clear proof that the ANC’s so-called broad-based economic empowerment is in fact a very narrow form of empowerment as it empowers only a small group of cadres, and it must be abolished.
Likewise, broad-based economic empowerment paved the way for the Gauteng Departments of Education and Health to, respectively, commit the most Covid-19 related fraud in the country.
It is not clear on what factual or legal grounds Lesufi wants to write off the bills of only black people in townships, unless there is some form of racism in his plan.
Given the social-economic distribution of Gauteng’s demography, it seems that this discrimination is unconstitutional.
The FF Plus will take the matter of discriminatory debt cancellation further through various actions.
The FF Plus will create an online portal where minorities who also need debt cancellation can log their requests, which the party will then hand over to Lesufi.
If he does not want to help that group of people, the party will request an investigation into the matter by the Human Rights Commission (HRC) and consider making an application to the Equality Court.
The FF Plus will, furthermore, strive to find economic solutions to create job opportunities in Gauteng to sustainably empower people, rather than cancelling debt, which the provincial and national governments cannot really afford to do.
Clearly, Lesufi must be stopped, now more than even before.
Read the original article in Afrikaans by Adv Anton Alberts on FF Plus