Statistics SA’s Poverty Trends in SA report reveals that between 2011 and 2015, the proportion of people living in poverty increased from 53.2% to 55.5%, equating to 30.4-million people. Under white rule, white poverty was a call to action. However, under the governing ANC, it is just another day for factional battles leading to its conference in December, while about 13-million children, almost all of them black, grow up in poverty, their early childhood development compromised and their life chances stunted. In September, black people are reminded of the loss of Steve Biko, who embraced the unity of the oppressed, particularly the ANC, the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) and the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM). He argued that only then could black people achieve total economic and political emancipation. Political emancipation without economic ownership is meaningless, argued Biko. A mere change of face, where only a few blacks run the economy while black people remain poor, will...

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