Sunday, 23 September 2007

Blacks worse off under ANC rule than under Apartheid

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 - pictures are also more than welcome.

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Posted By: Adriana
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Source: African Crisis

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