Richard Maponya was accorded the rare honour of a state funeral, which took place at the University of Johannesburg Soweto campus. This honour recognises Maponya’s heroic struggle to build his business in the face of the apartheid regime putting every conceivable obstacle in his way.

It was convenient for today’s governing party to lionise one of its own, to deflect attention from its long history of racist, antibusiness rhetoric, summed up in the pejorative epithet “white monopoly capital”. Seventeenth-century French author and moralist Francois de la Rochefoucauld had a nice way of putting it: “hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue”...

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