Economic genocide- Being Frank with Sir Mac
Blog by MacFarlane Moleli
Ok! I don’t want to sugarcoat anything but we all know that corruption is bullshit right? Before you stop reading, I’m not about to hop onto the bandwagon and tell you how terrible the ANC is, or how messed up government is. No, that is not what I am about to do. I will never do that, there are already enough angry blacks and whites that are doing that, sorry I’m not about that life. It’s a new year and I think I have finished my quota of anger on Justin Van Vuuren, Penny Sparrow and all the other racist morons out there.
I want to speak about the economic genocide that is committed by people who feel a sense of entitlement to the invoice payments of black businesses. Why are we doing this to our own people, why is it justified for people to feel that they need to know what is in it for them, before they can process payments. It is incredibly scary to hear some of the stories that happen in some government departments. It has now become common practice that everyone wants to know how much “COLD DRINK” they will get if they just do their job. Why can’t people just do their job! Take the bloody piece of paper and get it processed, why, after all the hard work that service providers do, and at times with very thin margins, must business men and women now have to budget for “COLD DRINKS” and “WEAVES” and “TURN UPS” for other people.
Let me tell you why this is painful and how deep it goes, and also what the ripple effects are. You see if you feel that someone is not greasing you nicely or properly or not greasing you at all this is what happens. A businessman fails to pay his staff because invoices are delayed because you feel entitled to “COLD DRINK” money. When he fails to pay staff, it means that the guys that work for him also fail to provide for their families. Which means you have just made sure that another black man has been blacklisted because they cannot pay their accounts or cannot meet their debit orders. This means that their credit score has been compromised and he is no longer credit worthy. If he or she had any plans or dreams of buying a home a car or even saving for their child’s education, all that has come to an end.
If we dig a little deeper, you may find that your selfishness and greed can cause families to split up because the breadwinner can no longer provide for his family. How many times have you heard of businessmen whose families have been ripped apart due to financial woes? You see once a person has money, they begin to have aspirations for their family and loved ones. People take their kids to private schools, they start to have a medical aid, and they buy nice cars and start living their dream. This is not always to show off, and I will be the first to admit that some business people are sickening in the way that they behave. However we must remember where we come from, we come from years of poverty and financial distress.
And to some this is the only way that they can redeem themselves in society. In the same breath who are we to judge, what entitlement do we have to judge brothers with kick and Bobhozaz? Allow them to be great don’t take that away from our people, why should your decision destroy that which people work so hard for.
Think long and hard about your decision not to process a payment, or not to send the invoice to accounts. It is not your money, it is money that helps families, service providers, contractors and someone’s child. How would you feel if your salary was stopped for three four or 6 months because someone felt like doing it. These are our people which we are hurting, these are families which we are destroying. This is the dignity of the Blackman, which you are trampling on. We cannot carry on like this, there are consequences to each and every one of our actions and maybe you don’t care and that is fine. However think about the kids that get removed from schools cos parents cant pay, think about cars and homes that get repossessed. Think about Medical aids that are not paid and wives and husbands that separate due to financial problems.
Black business organizations should also stand up, as these are your members that are going through this. We ask that you speak on people’s behalf so that we can remove this cancer from our society. Our people are crying out there and they need your help. This can no longer carry on, so you need to unite so that we reverse the economic scales to start favoring our people. This turn will not happen if we are being let down by our own people. This behavior needs to stop and you need to advocate on behalf of black businesses.
We should be black and proud of our people, we should help them in any way that we can, its important that we begin to love ourselves and each other. Don’t be the cause of another black mans destruction; understand your role in building this nation. It is in our hands now, to change the course of this ship we call South Africa. This is our country our people and our dreams, lets not be the architects of our own destruction. Let us save ourselves from being laughed at, by those who believe we cannot do it on our own. There are thousands of men and woman who put their lives at risk so that we could have a brighter future. Do not dim the lights of that bright future for bloody “COLD DRINK” money!
Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of Kaya FM.