The African Gods have blessed us with the greatest gifts; the sons of Africa – Mr. Saxe Joiner (1823), Jemmy Cato (1702) and Mr. Steve Bantu Biko (1946) and then the whiteman lynched them.


Today, I woke up a powerful man full of African spirits. My Gods have visited me overnight and reminded me that today it is a big commemoration day – a day for the remembrance of the greatest gifts our ancestors have ever given to us.

I woke up in the morning and in my ears i could hear the sounds of African drums beating none stop. With the drum beats i could hear the voices of the elders singing and calling for the African sun to rise. I could hear the sounds of waters flowing in the rivers and the African bush birds singing “Rise Africa rise!”.

At a distance I saw two men approaching – it was two ghosts. They told me to wake up “It is a big day today“. They told me that I should remind every black man all over the world that African Gods have given us a greatest gifts – but the whiteman took them away.

They told me to tell the children that the Gods have blessed us. The Gods of Africa have given us the greatest gifts any humanity can ever get. But when the perils of evil influences – the whiteman heard that Africans have been blessed with the greatest gifts they emerged from the darkness and took them away.

These greatest gifts were Jemmy Cato, Saxo Joiner and Steve Biko.

They describe Steve Biko as a simple former student leader and the founder of the Black Consciousness Movement which was to empower and mobilize black population against an apartheid regime. But this African child was far beyond just that; he was a gift from the Gods to the African people.

Even though Biko was never a member of the ANC, the ANC has included him in the pantheon of struggle heroes, going as far as using his image for campaign posters in South Africa’s first non-racial elections in 1994. In that year, Nelson Mandela said of Biko: “They had to kill him to prolong the life of apartheid.” But Steve Biko was far beyond just a poster campaign boy to lure black people to vote for the new oppressor – to vote for RDPs, social grants and freebies while white people continue to prosper.

Biko wanted the world to know the gains Africans had made since the beginning of life, as well as their plight as second-class citizens in the continent of their birth. I likened Biko as Jemmy Cato who organised and led the Stono Rebellion (sometimes called Cato’s Conspiracy or Cato’s Rebellion). It was a slave rebellion that commenced on September 9, 1739, in the colony of South Carolina. It was the largest slave uprising in the British mainland colonies prior to the American Revolution.

Cato, like Biko, engaged in campaigns to consciountize the African slaves who were blinded and given up on ever freeing themselves from enslavement. He taught them about Pan-Africanist methodology in the absent of books and pens.

He passionately taught the slaves that there would be no white supremacy without black compliance. He insisted to them that they should organise underground to educate and re-educate other slaves, which they should not succumb to enslavement or give up the fight, that they should fight the system of enslavement to its bones. He taught the slaves that they are not a weaker race but a strong one – “that is why white people need us so much”. He said.

This uprising was led Cato and by other native Africans likely from the Kingdom of Kongo, which had been Catholic since 1491. Some of the Kongolese spoke Portuguese. Their leader, Jemmy Cato was a literate slave who led 20 other enslaved Kongolese, who may have been former soldiers, in an armed march south from the Stono River.

Cato and Biko have one thing in common; they did not care if they operate in the dangerous white dominated zones. They mobilized the least they could and built the revolution on from smaller base. They did not care if they get caught, they new that being caught is one of the risks. If got caught the slaves would wander why is he caught – the reason of getting caught is consciousness in itself.

Whoever thinks Biko must just be reduced to a poster figure is wrong. Biko was a threat to international white supremacy project. Another black slave who inspires me like Biko is Saxo Joiner who was lynched in 1744 for speaking with other slaves about their conditions in the plantations. Biko was also lynched for the very same reason – for speaking with the slaves.

This slave named Saxe Joiner was lynched in America in front of everyone. At the time, Saxe Joiner tried to assist the war efforts, but the way he did it infuriated white towns’ people and ultimately resulted in his death.

The lynching was actually used as a severe punishment for slaves. If a white person felt that a slave had committed a severe enough crime they were lynched. The act could have been as tedious as looking at a white woman or man in the eye, or not moving out the path of a white person fast enough or just organizing or speaking with other slaves about their conditions and so no.

Biko was lynched too for speaking with us – the slaves. He is not just a poster figure – he is our hero. Saxe Joiner, like Steve Biko fell victim to lynching – they were slaves who committed crime for speaking to us about us.

Joiner was an unmarried, semi-skilled carpenter in his mid-20s.  Although illegal at the time in South Carolina, Joiner had been taught to read and write. What got Joiner in trouble was that he did not hide the fact he could read and write. He wrote letters constantly.

Biko did not hide the fact that he could read and write too – he wrote books. And he got lynched for it. It is illegal for the black man to write black consciousness ideologies and speak about it. You will be lynched by the whiteman or be called a racist – it is lynching.

On Sunday morning, February 19, 1865, Joiner wrote a note to Martha Hix. He told Mrs. Hix not to “grieve” about the loss of her son – Martin Hix. Martin was shot in the head by his owner simply because Joiner has taught him how to read and write. Martin was caught by his owner with many written notes to his girlfriend Mavis. Joiner was caught and punished for it. He was not killed though because they heavily relied on Joiner’s skills in the plantations.

Joiner wrote many letters to other slaves about freedom and consciousness, but the problem was many slaves could not read. He then initiated a secret campaign; to teach other slaves how to read – an act of a serious crime which could result in the perpetrator being lynched if caught. By writing the letters, Joiner was behaving as a devoted slave should behave – to free himself and his people; first from mental slavery and then from total physical slavery. This is an act of Biko in the 70’s. He wrote books for us – the slaves to read and liberate ourselves.

Joiner did not stop his letter writing there. In jail he wrote a note to Miss Baldwin, telling her not to worry because he would protect her as well from his owner Brown Willies. Brown Willies raped and terrorized Miss Baldwin who was married to a deceased Gift Baldwin. Joiner wrote many letters to many slaves – comforting them and giving them the courage that one day things would be ok if they can learn the white man’s way. The act Steve Biko did in the 70’s when he was lynched.

Joiner was arrested for his work – for writing revolutionary letters to about 70 slaves. In many of his letters Joiner was disguising as “Mr. Martin”.

At approximately 9:00 P.M. on the night of March 15, 1865, an armed mob of white men wearing disguises and dressed in Confederate uniforms broke into the Unionville jail. The mob surged into Joiner’s cell after getting the keys, tied the prisoner up, and hauled him outside. Within moments, Joiner was dead hanging from the closest tree.

Steve Biko, Jemmy Cato and Saxo Joiner are one and the same – the gift from African Gods. They were all arrested and lynched by the whiteman.





African Mothers must stop to always reminding their black girls that you are born ugly and unwanted, so we should change how you look – change your hair and skin colour.

I am a father who does not get tired of teaching black mothers to love themselves and transfer that self love to their daughters. Looking at a black mother who always reminds her child that you are born ugly and unwanted, so we have to change your hair and skin colour – so as you can start to look somehow wanted is sickening.

This is a continuation of a colonial project anywhere in the world designed centuries ago by a whiteman – to make black mothers hate themselves. To make them hate their hair and skin colour, because if you achieve a goal of making the mothers hate themselves they will teach their children as well to hate themselves; to hate who they are how they look and their origin. This will go on and on for generations.

During slavery in the Americas in the 17th century, a pregnant mother was humiliated in public to make her unborn baby a humiliated child. The mother would be cursed and forced to work naked, often the master would kick the mother in the belly as a punishment to an unborn child.

Every morning and Sunday, our women today keeps polishing their black girls, burning their hair to look like Indians or Brazilians or whatever they think it is wanted colour – but not black. A child who was born black with a black natural hair whom her mother spends money at the salon every month to burn her hair – to look like not-naturally African is a continuation of slavery treatment to the child. A child has to change how she looks everyday before going to school and will grow with the mentality that I have to change myself before I go out – simply because I think I am ugly.

Can you imagine a fine black African woman spoiling that black taste with a Brazilian wick or Netherlands fake hair or skin lightener that makes her look like jelly fish? Well, she becomes somehow unoriginal.

Let us learn the power of self love. Self love pays, it develops confidence and repels oppression.

The Kru People: The Africans who vigilantly refused to be captured into Slavery. In the 16th and 17th century, there a tripe popularly know as the “Kuurung” by the slave traders, but it was the Kru. Kru people are indigenous to Liberia and the Ivory Coast. Kru were most known for seafaring and their strong resistance to capture by European enslavers in the Transatlantic slave trade. The Kru would fight vehemently and even take their own lives before surrendering to enslavement. Because of their tenacity, they were labeled as difficult and less valuable in the slave trade.

Apart from their strength in resistance, the Kru were known for their ability to effortlessly navigate the seas. Their skills in both canoeing and surfing the strong ocean currents brought upon much recognition which later afforded them work on British merchant and warships in the 1700s. Currently the Kru account for 7% of the Liberian population.

The Kru women did not change their hair; they did not submit to white supremacy or looked at them down. They stood tall and loved themselves to death.

The lesson is that if people comply with oppression they would be valuable to the oppressors. But if they refuse to comply with oppressive laws then the whole system would crush down because no one would want to continue.

“There can be no white supremacy without black compliance” – Malcolm X




In 1825, at the approximate age of eight, Jordan Anderson (sometimes spelled “Jordon”) was sold into slavery and would live as a servant of the Anderson family for 39 years. In 1864, the Union Army camped out on the Anderson plantation and he and his wife, Amanda, were liberated. The couple eventually made it safely to Dayton, Ohio when, in July 1865, Jordan received a message from his former owner, Colonel P.H. Anderson. The message kindly asked Jordan to return to work on the plantation because it had fallen into disarray during the war.

The letter from Jordan to the old master reads:

Dayton, Ohio,
August 7, 1865
To you Old Master, Colonel P.H. Anderson, Big Spring, Tennessee


I got your message that you’ll want me to come back work for you, and was glad to find that you had not forgotten me, and that you wanted me to come back and live with you again, promising to do better for me than anybody else can.

I have often felt uneasy about you. I thought the Yankees would have hung you long before this, for harboring Rebs they found at your house. I suppose they never heard about your going to Colonel Martin’s to kill the Union soldier that was left by his company in their stable.

Remember you shot at me twice before I left you? I did not want to hear of you, and am glad you are still living. It would do me good to go back to the dear old home again, and see Miss Mary and Miss Martha and Allen, Esther, Green, and Lee. Give my love to them all, and tell them I hope we will meet in the better world, if not in this. I would have gone back to see you all when I was working in the Nashville Hospital, but one of the neighbors told me that you intended to shoot me if you ever got a chance.

I want to know particularly what the good chance is you propose to give me. I am doing tolerably well here. I get twenty-five dollars a month, with victuals and clothing; have a comfortable home for Mandy,—the folks call her Mrs. Anderson,—and the children—Milly, Jane, and Grundy—go to school and are learning well. The teacher says Grundy has a head for a preacher. They go to Sunday school, and Mandy and me attend church regularly. We are kindly treated. Sometimes we overhear others saying, “Them colored people were slaves” down in Tennessee. The children feel hurt when they hear such remarks; but I tell them it was no disgrace in Tennessee to belong to Colonel Anderson. Many darkeys would have been proud, as I used to be, to call you master. Now if you will write and say what wages you will give me, I will be better able to decide whether it would be to my advantage to move back again.

As to my freedom, which you say I can have, there is nothing to be gained on that score, as I got my free papers in 1864 from the Provost-Marshal-General of the Department of Nashville. Mandy says she would be afraid to go back without some proof that you were disposed to treat us justly and kindly; and we have concluded to test your sincerity by asking you to send us our wages for the time we served you.

This will make us forget and forgive old scores, and rely on your justice and friendship in the future. I served you faithfully for thirty-two years, and Mandy twenty years. At twenty-five dollars ($25) a month for me, and two dollars ($2) a week for Mandy, our earnings would amount to eleven thousand six hundred and eighty dollars ($11600.80). Add to this the interest for the time our wages have been kept back, and deduct what you paid for our clothing, and three doctor’s visits to me, and pulling a tooth for Mandy, and the balance will show what we are in justice entitled to. Please send the money by Adams’s Express, in care of V. Winters, Esq., Dayton, Ohio. If you fail to pay us for faithful labors in the past, we can have little faith in your promises in the future. We trust the good Maker has opened your eyes to the wrongs which you and your fathers have done to me and my fathers, in making us toil for you for generations without recompense. Here I draw my wages every Saturday night; but in Tennessee there was never any pay-day for the negroes any more than for the horses and cows. Surely there will be a day of reckoning for those who defraud the laborer of his hire.

In answering this letter, please state if there would be any safety for my Milly and Jane, who are now grown up, and both good-looking girls. You know how it was with poor Matilda and Catherine. I would rather stay here and starve – and die, if it come to that – than have my girls brought to shame by the violence and wickedness of their young masters. They raped young girls everyday in front of me. You will also please state if there has been any schools opened for the colored children in your neighborhood. The great desire of my life now is to give my children an education, and have them form virtuous habits.

Say howdy to George Carter, and thank him for taking the pistol from you when you were shooting at me.

From your old servant,

Jordon Anderson


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I was born original. I am was born a God. I am not a hunter for a God. I am God myself. When i prays i pray for God that is me. I do not prays a God form Nazareth or Jerusalem or Bethlehem. I am not religious but I am spiritual. I do not follow a pattern of believe. I follow my own spirit – an African God gave me life.

I was born a believer but not religious. I am spiritual and not a follower. I live as a God and God is in me. I have no God of Nazareth or Jerusalem or Bethlehem in me, but i am a God of Africa. I am God of all humanity and in my veins flows the blood of kindness and of Ubuntu.

I am original – the creation of all civilisation. Unlike the so called “Civilised race” I am original and I do not prays money but a lion – it is my totem. I live and breathe peace. I am the creation of the civilised world, I am an original. My God is circle!

I am black, an original soul. All colours in the universe are derivative form of blackness, even humanity is originally black. My heart and my universe are round. Everything around me is in circle – a sun, moon, earth, my house, kraal and the plate where i eat from is in circle – my God is a circle.

I am an original. I worship my circle – it is my life. I seat in circle, i worship in circle and dance in circle. I  make fire and we all seat in circle – i am a God of a circle. I do not look up in the skies when I call my God – an African God. I kneel down in circle because my God is underneath, not in the heavens – the heavens do not exist. I pray earth and earth is round – a circle.

I am original. When I die I will be buried in circle. I will find my Gods seated in circle. In the after life I will join my blood line. I am spiritual and not religious. I cannot follow the pattern of believe because I am God myself.

The God that cursed the race that have destroyed its castles build in circles – for he shall remain the only God. I am God, I am black and I am original.

I am me, i am original and i am my own God – the only God of a circle!


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For many centuries, Africans have been lied to about their history and their children taught European history in European colonial schools. The true history of African Kings and empires were hidden from Africans for centuries, and the arrivals of Europeans in Africa to destroy anything good about Africa and enslave its children for European development because of the skills and capacity that Africans possessed during that time were never told to African children until in the 20th century when greatest leaders were born.

The Europeans first made sure that they destroy the history and identities of Africans while ensuring that they inherit their land for future generations of Europeans in Africa. And these had begun trails of damages to the future of African children for thousands of years.

I have met much of resistances in my writings about Africa and the destruction of Africa by the Europeans since the arrival of the Portugal, Britain, USA and Germany many centuries ago. I wrote in my last article: “AFRICA WAS DOING JUST FINE BEFORE THE EUROPEANS CAME TO DESTROY IT”. Some of the Europeans; the descendants and offspring of former conquerors and slave muster – who have inherited African land and property, lashed at me calling me “Nonsense racist”.

And I have taken the opportunity and space to present little evidence of “AFRICA WAS DOING JUST FINE BEFORE THE EUROPEANS CAME TO DESTROY IT”, well researched and documented by trusted African researchers and historians in African labs all over the world:

The arrival of the Portuguese in Africa marks the beginning of the end of 4800 years of the Kamits’ (blacks) glorious history. They came to Africa with the consent of the Vatican in order to enslave Africans and steal their wealth. The Portuguese destroyed methodically and violently Kongo dia Ntotila (the Empire of Kongo), the very rich East African Coast and the Southern African lighthouse which was the gigantic empire of the Mwene Mutapa (Monomotapa); Black people resisted heroically.

Pope Nickolas V. wrote a letter, on January 8th 1454, authorizing Portugal to start the European slave trade and the destruction of Africa. Part of the letter reads:

“We had formerly – with letter among other Kings – granted King Alphouse with the whole ability- amongst others – to attack, to conquer , to defeat, to reduce and to subject all Saracens (if it is to say Blacks), pagans and other enemies of Christ, whenever they are, their Kingdoms, their duchies, principalities, domains, properties, piece of furniture and real, all the goods they possess; to take those Kingdoms, duchies, lands, principalities, properties, possessions, and goods which belong to the unfaithful Saracens and pagans…”

Now the question is, if the Europeans – Portugal, wrote letters authorising their colonial military leaders such as Pope Nicolus V. “to attack, to conquer, to defeat, to reduce and to subject all Saracens (if it is to say Blacks), pagans and other enemies of Christ, whenever they are, their Kingdoms…their duchies, principalities, domains, properties, piece of furniture and real, all the goods they possess; to take those Kingdoms, duchies, lands, principalities, properties, possessions, and goods which belong to the unfaithful Saracens and pagans”,

What does this piece of letter mean? It means Africans had rich Kingdoms, duchies, lands, principalities, properties, possessions, and goods that the Europeans (White man) needed so much that he unleashed his evil military powers over unarmed African nations.

Another evidence of “AFRICA WAS DOING JUST FINE BEFORE THE EUROPEANS CAME TO DESTROY IT”, is presented in the German historian Leo Froberius, who wrote in his report about the Kongo empire (Angola-Congos-Gabon) and the African East coast – which already in the 11th century, used to trade with Australia. He wrote:

in the Kingdom of Kongo, the crowd was all dressed with silk and velvet clothes. There were great and well organised states down to the very last details. There were powerful sovereigns and wealthy industries. They were civilised to the bone! It was the same in the Eastern African countries”

Further, the same he said about the Mwene Mutapa Empire (Zimbabwe-Mozambique-Botswana-South Africa-Zambia) which, by 10th century, had already used to trade with China. For this he wrote:

“the palace is big, magnificent. A the entrance there are huge gates watched by the guards of the emperor…”

The European historians providing credible reports to their Kings back in Europe wrote commonly that:

“Monomotapa, the King, always wore long silk dresses weaved in the country. They wear on the side a brush hook with an ivory handle. Common people wear hessian. And important ones wear floral indienne embroidered with gold”

The list of evidence of African beauty and civilisation in the 10th, 11th and until the 14th century before the Europeans came to destroy it goes on and on. And all these are what the Europeans found in Africa. In 1487, Portuguese entered in the empire of Kongo which was at that time under the rule of Nzinga a Nkuwu, who, through the legendary African hospitality allowed a visit by the Portuguese – he did not see it coming that he is opening a cage for the devil to fly to the skies.

The Portuguese really showed who they were under the rule of Nzinga Mbemba – the successor and son of Nzinga Nkuwu – who later wa forced to embrace Christianity and changed his name to Alfonzo; and thanks to their fire arms – which Africans di not have. They brutally changed the course of African history

As we go forward to de-colonise Africa, we must also learn that the African riches were taken away by violence to Europe – to develop Europe into a first class world while African children are starving. Africa is, today, still dominated by the very same people who destroyed its cities and crushed its empires. The colonial musters in collaboration with African puppets who are installed in our government by the colonial musters – to ensure that the continuation of more than 5000 years of Africa’s demise, still continue to this day.

We must decolonize the mind first by re-writing history: “AFRICA WAS DOING JUST FINE BEFORE THE EUROPEANS CAME TO DESTROY IT” and re-educate the African child about Africa. Or we will continue to worship Gods that were introduced to us by guns; to colonise and enslave us forever.



>>>Photo taken from Ghana unknown source.



In South Africa, the Chinese are doing business with the Chinese, Indians with Indians, Pakistanis with Pakistanis, Jews with the Jews, and Europeans with Europeans. But Black people are buying from everybody and not amongst themselves. And this makes black people just a market of the rest.

And If you find black people doing business amongst themselves in South Africa you’ll find that the government is being a major partner in trying to boast this desperate race. It is impossible that black people can do business with other races unless black people are just the buyers – the market.

For all my life, as a columnist and a journalist, I was told tens of times never to become a racist. And I have listened tens of times never to be racism in my thinking, my writings or dialogues. Well, I have always avoided racist philosophy and thoughts in my soul.

But ever since always avoiding racist ideas and behaviors in my business practices, as a black man I have always refused to live under racism as I know how it is to be racially discriminated. Then I realised that while a black man is not racism everyone is a racist in this country towards a black man. And writing about it sounds racist.

When the Europeans decided to some to Africa in the 13th century their intentions were not to cuddle with a black man and wish him well in his industry, but was to destroy his life; cities, identity and steal his wealth and land. For over 500 years, the white man invaded and destroyed cities in Africa and enslaved Africans in Europe where they have contributed profoundly for the development of Europe – economically and politically. The enslavement of Africans has been so violent that millions have perished along the way in Transatlantic Slave Trade route back in the 17th century. The conjuring of cities in African let to many Kings and Queens murdered in cold blood by colonial troops.

And these have always been denied by Europeans, that they have destroyed what the black man has build for ages in Africa and enslaved its people in to Europe for European development. For these they even refused to repay or pay reparation for 500 years of slavery. The colonialisation programme of Africa by Europeans is a proof that the Whiteman did not come to Africa to kiss Africans and say “we love you”. But they came to “take and kill” if necessary. And yes, they took the wealth and killed those who resisted.

The Arabs too are as guilty as Europeans in the enslavement of Africans. They did these since 11th century before the white came to brutally destroy cities and kill Africans in cold blood. The Arabs introduced Islam to most parts of North Africa and this was not a easy task. They forced their religion by killing and enslaving Africans. Until today there are traces of blacks being kept as slaves in Irag, Iran, Yemen and Afghanistan including Pakistan – where Africans are still kept in camps as slaves today. The UN was tasked in 2013, after an incidence in India of slaughtering of 43 black university students in just one day. They where ordered to to probe and investigate black slavery and racism against blacks in Indian communities and universities. But until today we are still waiting for the report for these incidences. The report was shelved as a “black man is less important”.

Today, we see the Chinese Communist Party decided to invest heavily in to African states. The Chinese decided to come to Africa today in the name of “Investment in Infrastructure Development in Africa”. But we all know what does this mean, “Investment…” It means to “take and kill” – this is the system first introduced by Europeans through re-colonialisation of Africa.

As “Investors in mining” they will dig the soil, expose the underground toxins or contaminants to the surface, and if communities protests the secret agents forces or the state police would block the protests, shoot at protesters and eventually kill leaders of the protests just like they have killed people in Marikana Rustenburg and other mining communities – for refusing to obey and live with pollutants. Billions of dollars would be counted in foreign exchanges and shipped abroad while the African workers would be paid in few rands and die of lung illnesses as a result of heavy pollutions and cancer.

The Pakistanis entrepreneurs who have invaded our communities and established retail and spaza shops are the new threat to local enterprises. We see Pakistanis everywhere; they have established their businesses in which they make huge profits form sales of face and unhealthy food, they do these for themselves and their families back in Pakistan.

Where you find these shops the Pakistanis are the shop owners and the black people living nearby in shacks and squatter camps are just market for these stores. The stores are found in townships and rural establishments where the black poorest class lives. A Pakistan store owner would rent a building locally, put one or two black Africans as interpreters and hang in the shop daily.

But this arrangement is not necessarily a job creation arrangement. It is just a day-to-day opportunity to provide a temporary occupation for the Africans. There are often never a contract entered into between the Pakistan shop owner and the Africans. It is just like a daily agreement where you work today and get paid in the afternoon and you still have to come back the next day.

The Indians and Chinese too use this method of providing occupation opportunities for the Africans. They do not necessarily interact with Africans on a permanent business to business relationships or employer and employee relationship, it is an informal arrangement where the African is racially discriminated by the Pakistanis, Indians and the Chinese while they enjoy making money from African working class.

The Chinese, Pakistanis and Indians have planned the whole arrangements of coming to Africa to make a black population a market for their products. They have well planned programme; that when they come to African territory they treat black people as a market and not as business partners. They do not do deals with the black people, except at the government level. They do business amongst themselves and treat a black man as sub-ordinate in the whole arrangements.

When a Chinese need a stock for his own store he or she would probably call his or her Chinese counterparts to bring and supply his or her with the stock. This applies also to the Pakistanis and Indians; they do not do business with the black man but amongst themselves. A black man is a market, finish and klaar!

White people and the Jews have exploited Africans for many years in mining, agriculture and manufacturing. Blacks have always provided cheap labour for these industries for many years. The top layer in the management and ownership of these corporations in mining, agriculture and manufacturing always ended with the white people or the Jews. Blacks made it only at the bottom, as the general workers to the mid-supervisory levels, earning between R2800 and R10 000 depending on sex, tribe and education level.

“Black man you are on your own” – Steve Biko.





The reports that state parastatals in South Africa are not doing well are everywhere in the media and state information agencies. But regardless of their consistently poor performances, bosses of many of our parastatals continue to receive shockingly high salaries.

For example, SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng made headlines when his qualifications were under investigation and his salary was increased from R2.8 million to a whopping R3.7 million.

It seems like something not worrying in South Africa where almost 25% is unemployed and poverty is at 24%. In these parastatals, there is a perception that certain CEOs’ salaries are seen to be excessive because they no longer appear to be driven by recognisable business principles.

But this is not surprising because South Africa is a Kleptocratic state. In South Africa today, a top government job is a ticket to enrichment, and without any fear you can get rich before you even complete a year as a top public official. The trick is this: get a government job, mess up deliberately and then resign. You’ll get rewarded dearly for the mess you have created.

Kleptocracy, is a term applied to a government seen as having a particularly severe and systemic problem with officials or a ruling class (collectively, kleptocrats) taking advantage of corruption to extend their personal wealth and political power. Typically this system involves the embezzlement of state funds at the expense of the wider population, sometimes without even the pretense of honest service.

Kleptocracies are generally associated with dictatorships, oligarchies, military juntas, or other forms of autocratic and nepotist governments in which external oversight is impossible or does not exist. This lack of oversight can be caused or exacerbated by the ability of the kleptocratic officials to control both the supply of public funds and the means disbursal for those funds. Kleptocratic rulers often treat their country’s treasury as a source of personal wealth, spending funds on luxury goods and extravagances as they see fit. Many kleptocratic rulers secretly transfer public funds into hidden personal numbered bank accounts in foreign countries to provide for themselves if removed from power.

Kleptocracy is most common in developing countries whose economies are based on the export of natural resources. Such export incomes constitute a form of economic rent and are easier to siphon off without causing the income to decrease.

Now let us look at the salaries of top CEOs of poorly performing parastatals in South Africa as at 2015:

  1. Transnet CEO – Brian Molefe, R6.6 million; (2011 – 2015).

2. National Empowerment Fund – Philisiwe Mothethwa, R5.8 million; (2011 – still)

3. Airports Company Of South Africa – Bongani Mseko, R5.1 million; (2013 – still)

  1. PetroSA – Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo, R4.2 million; (2012 – 2015)
  1. SABC – Hlaudi Motsoeneng, R3.7 million; (2011 – still)
  1. Telkom – Sipho Maseko, R11.8 million; (2013 – still)
  1. Public Investment Corporation – Doctor Daniel Matjila, R10.4 million; (2014 – still)

8. Industrial Development Trust – Geoffrey Qhena, R9.3 million; (2005 – still)

9. Prasa – Lucky Montana, R7.6 million; (2010 – 2015)

  1. DBSA – Patrick Dlamini, R7.3 million; (2012 – still)

What can a poor man say? These men and women are hand picked, by the president and his allies. They are picked because they belong to the same league; the political and ruling elite. These are just several parastatal bosses among South Africa’s top-earning executives. While the operations of some of their Government-linked companies are failing, the head honchos are laughing all the way to the bank.

What can we do as the poor? In South Africa, corporate governance is no longer about serving the public but about self-serving schemes – to make money. This in itself is self-destruction if we cannot stop the ANC government with its neo-liberalism. A problem is that corporate governance in several parastatals has broken down to the point where the public no longer has confidence in the processes by which decisions are made about CEO remunerations.

The board committees in these parastatals have not interest in the working class and their needs, they have only a board room where they meet – the ruling elite. In these board rooms, it is a party and the poor are not invited. Appointments and salaries of the parastatals’ CEOs are determines by the board of directors who are responsible for the remuneration decisions, appointments and terminations – appointments are made for political rather than professional reasons, and greatly skewed remuneration comes at high cost to the economy. Who is affected? The poor who are not even invited in these meetings.

We need a socially planned economy in which CEOs would be democratically decided by the working class in their respective work places. We need socially planned economy in which the workers in that work places can decide democratically the salaries of the CEOs with the right to recall if the CEO is not executing the tasks given to him by the workers.

“Each according to his need, each according to his abilities” – Karl Marx.