Date Posted: Saturday 22-Sep-2007
After over a decade of ANC-rule under Thabo Mbeki, conditions for black people in SA are today much worse than under Apartheid.
This is the claim by far-left Canadian journalist Naomi Klein in her latest book "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism".
Klein provides the following list of how living conditions for SA blacks now are so much worse than they ever were during Apartheid:
Since 1994 under ANC-governance:
- The number of people living on less than $1 a day has doubled from two to four million.
- The unemployment rate has more than doubled to 48% from 1991 - 2002.
- Only 5,000 of the more than 35-million black South Africans earn over $60,000 a year.
- The ANC government has built 1.8 million (very ramshackle, tiny) new homes while two-million South Africans have lost theirs.
- Nearly one million South Africans were evicted from farms in the first decade of 'democracy': evicted by black, newly empowered farmers who were given 'redistributed' farmland.
- The shack dweller population grew by 50% due to untrammeled migration from the rest of Africa.
- In 2006, one-quarter of the entire SA population lives in shacks without running water or electricity.
And there's more:
- The HIV/AIDS/TB infection rate is about 20% of the entire population -- and the Mbeki government shamefully denies the severity of the crisis and did little to alleviate it.
- The average age life expectancy in South Africa had DROPPED by 13 years since 1990.
- 40% of all SA schools have no electricity.
- 25% of the 46-million-plus people in SA have no access to clean water and most who do can't afford the cost.
- 60% of all the people have inadequate sanitation, and 40% have no telephones.
Readers are invited to add more examples, or they can write me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org - pictures are also more than welcome.
Source URL: http://groups.msn.com/crimebustersofsouthafrica
Posted By: Adriana
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Source: African Crisis