Taking Back South Africa in 2012

Anne Sewell

The people of South Africa have had enough. Enough of the government, which gives them nothing. Enough of the corporations taking from their country, and giving nothing back.

On the “Taking Back South Africa!” website is the following statement:

“We are the people of South Africa of all different races, cultures and backgrounds. We came from a painful past of Apartheid only to realize that after decades of hard struggle, in 1994 in exchange for establishing a symbolic multicultural ‘democracy’, real control of our country was handed over to Western corporations. This led us straight from the frying pan and into the fire.”

For those who think that South Africa is fine and hunky dorey now that apartheid is over, think again. The South African government, led by Jacob Zuma, is not keeping any of its promises. People are going hungry, they still have no homes, they have no jobs.

While the education system for black South Africans wasn’t the best under apartheid, now its even worse, as seen on this Digital Journal article.

The crime increases every day, with murders and robberies, crimes against children, and a horrific statistic is that one in four South African women has been raped.

The people of South Africa, black, white and colored, of all races, cultures and backgrounds, are against the following:

1. Imperialism: Imperialism is one country owning the wealth and resources of another and holding cultural influence over that country. South Africa today is a classic imperialist controlled country with Western Corporations controlling our resources while we suffer from extreme poverty. We are also against our beautiful diverse cultures, morals and ideals being destroyed by imposed Western Corporate culture.

2. Poverty: Not just any poverty but a unique poverty which sees us having the second largest wealth divide in the world. Today approximately 80% of our country’s wealth is going into the hands of less than 20% of the population while the poorest 50% of those who have jobs collectively earn 6% of the country’s wealth. That is besides the 1 quarter of our population who have no jobs whatsoever. Prices of essential services and foods are rising while the income (if any) of the majority of South Africans is decreasing.

This situation is directly linked to foreign corporations controlling our wealth.

3. Playing Politics with People’s Lives: The ANC passed privatization laws such as GEAR and NEPAD which caused the loss of millions of jobs and affirmed control and ownership of our country to corporations whose allegiances lie in Europe and America. The DA (Democratic Alliance) doesn’t oppose these laws and policies. Therefore not only are our political parties unable to solve these issues but they are, in fact, direct conscious enforcers of these issues making them at the risk of sounding “radical”: enemies of the people.

Voting and working with them in our councils we believe can be compared to a man trying to fix his cupboard in a house that is on fire.

4. Crime: One of the major products of this extreme class divide is crime, and not any crime but our unique crime which sees us having of the highest and worst statistics in the world comparable to and even surpassing war zones. More South African citizens were murdered over the last six years than the number of civilian Iraqis killed in the war there over the same period. One in four South African women have been raped in our country. We have the worst crime against children statistics and the drug trade by gangs and mafias is widespread across South Africa. The fact that this crime is generally a result of institutionalized poverty as enforced by the politicians makes these politicians the root cause of the crime and not helpless do-gooders.

Their Plan:

Is simply to rally all South Africans who are victims of this Imperialist system to organize collectively to the point where our efforts combine and culminate in a simultaneous country wide protest campaign. We will then lay our demands at the doorstep of the government and give them a final opportunity to prove their allegiances. Our basic demand is the immediate eradication of all the above problems by remedying the source of the problem.

Should the government refuse to fulfill the demands of the people of South Africa then:


The above video is very representative of the struggles in South Africa right now. The footage includes the shooting and killing of Andries Tatane, a man who was protesting and standing up for the rights of his people, who has now become an icon to South Africans in their struggle.


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