by Michael Stein (Friday Page)
According toBusiness Report(12 August 2012), Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has again called for a race-based wealth tax, which he proposes be imposed on all white South Africans.
He made the call during a book launch at Stellenbosch University’s Institute for Advanced Study.
He told the whites in the conference room: ‘You all benefited from apartheid. Your children went to fancy schools, you lived in posh suburbs.’ But he stressed that this did not mean all whites had supported apartheid.
Throughout his speech, Tutu cited numerous examples of what he saw as apartheid’s impact, which had fundamentally been an ‘erosion of self-esteem’ and the advent of ‘self-hate’. He blamed apartheid for South Africa’s high crime rate, what he claimed was black South Africans’ propensity to litter, and even the nation’s road death rate, which was regularly one of the highest in the world.
He did not mention that not all white South Africans of today benefitted from apartheid, since some were born or became economically active only after that vicious system ended, or that many of those whom he claims benefitted from the system have since emigrated or died.
Nor does he acknowledge thatbeeand affirmative action have in a sense constituted a form of indirect wealth tax, since they favour some races over others.
But at least he did not blame apartheid for the current high level of corruption, the failure of service delivery, the disgraceful Limpopo schoolbooks crisis, the erosion of the country’s infrastructure in so many areas, the regular power outages that occur nowadays, the state of many of the roads in Gauteng, the problems that regularly occur with the robots in Johannesburg, and the fact that many of the street lights in that city are switched off at night, to mention just a few of the problems of the post-apartheid South Africa.