Racism and racial hypocrisy
Along with Helen Zille, Dianne Kohler Barnard, and Chris Hart, I will no doubt be accused of thought-crime for saying so, but the recent decision of the Constitutional Court in the social grant case is something of a victory for the "white monopoly capitalism" the African National Congress (ANC) likes denouncing.
Even if Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) does not profit as handsomely as planned from its invalid contract with the South African Social Security Agency to distribute social grants, the fact that the court extended the contract for another year shows how dependent the ANC government is on "white monopoly capitalists".
Speaking on Human Rights Day last week, President Jacob Zuma said that the payment of grants was a "huge achievement in fighting poverty". Indeed, but everybody knows it would not have happened had distribution been left to his government. This, of course, did not stop Mr Zuma from chalking up another denunciation of the "white monopoly control" on which he relies so heavily.
Human Rights Day marked the culmination of "anti-racism week 2017", whose cheerleader is Derek Hanekom, minister of tourism. Writing as chairman of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, Mr Hanekom called on everyone to "take on racism", which, he claimed, was "deeply entrenched" in our society.
So it may be. The question is where it is so deeply entrenched. In an article of no more than two pages which was widely reproduced in the media, Mr Hanekom managed to mention Penny Sparrow twice, even though this hapless woman has already paid an exorbitant price for her crass remarks. The Pretoria Girls High School hairstyle incident also got a mention.