Johannesburg, September 21 – The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) reprimanded South African billionaire, Johann Rupert’s remarks towards the African National Congress’s (ANC) programme for Radical Economic Transformation (RET), saying that Rupert should shut up and let the democratic government carry out its mandate.
This comes after Johann Rupert called Radical Economic Transformation nothing more than a “code name for theft”.
The movement said Rupert’s derogatory remarks showed his clear disrespect for the black led ANC government and our policies.
“We fully agree with the media statement that the ANC issued, in which it pointed out that the black majority (especially Africans) continue to be locked into a cycle of serving only as cheap labour that is super exploited for the purposes of capital accumulation by the white minority. The ANC is further correct to point out that it is exactly these racialized economic relations that have produced the generational wealth of the Rupert family, and that his condemnation of Radical Economic Transformation in our country betrays his ill-gotten privilege”, said MKMVA in its statement.
MKMVA further said that it commends Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma as the ANC leader who had spoken out most clearly against Johann Rupert’s racist attack.
“She was absolutely correct to call his remarks an insult to all black people, which should be rejected with the contempt it deserves, and must be met with an even stronger commitment to Radical Economic Transformation”.
The movement said White businessmen like Johann Rupert who have been beneﬁciaries of apartheid policies, and instead of denouncing Radical Economic Transformation (RET) are urged to come forward and work towards economic justice in our country.
“MKMVA demands Radical Economic Transformation in the knowledge that the majority of our people still continue to be exploited and suﬀer the consequences of White Monopoly Capital exploitation”.
MKMVA has also called on the ANC to continue to send a strong message to Rupert and dismiss his racist agenda.
“The ownership pattern of our economy needs to change, and no white businessman should be able to dictate to us about our policies for the people”.
“MKMVA supports Radical Economic Transformation that will bring about a fundamental change in the structure, systems, institutions and patterns of ownership, management and control of our economy in favour of all South Africans, especially the poor, the majority of whom are African and female”.