I'm always surprised how similar some issues are in certain respects between the US and South Africa.
If one wants to see active discrimination against white males in the job and educational markets forced by law, then look no further.
White women may count as affirmative action (AA) appointees, but not really Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) percentages.
It's all a bit complex, but there's little doubt that whites, coloreds and Indians are being worked out of systems, no matter what their expertise, or
the lack there-of of black AA/BEE appointees.
We've already had an electricity crisis, and regional water crises.
All of this can be squarely blamed on putting unqualified people into positions they know nothing about.
Here even foreign blacks from countries like Nigeria or Zimbabwe have unequal rights over white people who have been here for 300 years, and built up
all the major industries, businesses and technologies.
Statistics are mostly twisted in a way that show white males as "privileged", but in reality this white male power base refers to top management
There's been a huge return of the visible "poor white" problem, and even white squatter camps (the city of Pretoria alone has about 80).
Many others must become entrepreneurs, or work part-time in other countries.
I think up to 10 000 whites who were racially cleansed from the Defense Force under former President Mbeki worked in Iraq (the largest force apart
from the US and the UK, although it was technically illegal).
Meanwhile Mbeki's army (based on the former Marxist liberation movements) found a fiasco when he wanted to intervene in Central Africa - apparently
they had their own weapons stolen from under their noses.
And what are the major complaints as we head to elections on the 7 May this year?
Despite a growing black middle class, many feel that the ANC has failed the poor masses, and their government has shockingly enriched a small black
elite, who are widely seen as corrupt!
Fortunately we still have the right to organize politically, and also to take cases of unfair discrimination to court. During our negotiated
settlement in the early 1990s there was some provision made for redress, but it never made provisions for national quota systems based on a national
average where black people make up 80 percent, even for provinces where colored and white people are the majority.
It's really a system where white and colored men become victims of Affirmative Action at all costs (even employing unqualified blacks, or leaving jobs
and promotions open to specifically avoid employing whites and coloreds).
Even some black people say it's gone too far, and it devalues their own efforts and merits.
However, there's no end in sight, and the noose is tightening.
Essentially we have Affirmative Action that was invented in countries that wanted to benefit minorities, yet now we have it here aimed at a minority
(whites are 4 million out of a population of about 50 million).
Even the rugby teams should soon reflect the national population average, although there are debates about merit.
edit on 27-4-2014 by
halfoldman because: (no reason given)