The New Apartheid: Elite Rich vs Poorest of the Poor

Few people seem to know this, but South Africa has the widest gap between the rich and the poor, than any other country in the world. This is in no way shocking, considering that the current way of doing things facilitates for the rich to get richer and the poor to get poorer. We have a new kind of apartheid to fight, this time it is not black vs white, but elite rich vs poorest of the poor.

In this system we find that the poor are extremely marginalised and face the worst kind of segregation, that is social exclusion. The only time the poor are thought of is when election time approaches and votes have to be won. They are then fed a pack of empty promises, as after coming in power, what was meant for their benefit goes into the pockets of the rich. The voice of the people is stripped away because due to a lack of resources and no access to information, they are excluded from participation; barely have service delivery and are left worse off as the years go by. With all this happening, I find it strange that we have words for racism and sexism, but wealth discrimination isn’t fully recognised. It is a bias in favour of the wealthy and against labour, the environment and the community.

This is extremely unfair, however, the solution is quite simple. The only way to defeat this problem- this apartheid etched in our nation, is to allow concern for the public good to become the force of our economic order. Without this element, the gap will only grow until something has got to give…

4 thoughts on “The New Apartheid: Elite Rich vs Poorest of the Poor

    1. Well, I believe they should indeed rise up and take action. The act of endlessly noting things and talking about them, without standing up to them is quite a drag. However, as a nation, we still have a long way to go before our protests can actually yield results. For protests to be effective, they have to be a concerted, unified effort with a clear purpose. Ours tend to be overshadowed with violence, trashing streets, burning tyres and publicly indecent acts such as pulling down pants. This takes away so much from the purpose of the protest and also takes away from the support the move could have gotten.

      Until we can move away from that, action will do us more harm than good. Peaceful protesting is the greatest lesson we should learn from Egypt & Tunisia’s uprising. Until we can raise our voices as one without destroying our country, then inaction is a better choice.


  1. Excellent writing. The point you made is very true. The disparity between the rich and poor is growing at an alarming rate around the world. To show intolerance towards someone because of their economic class is just as wrong as intolerance directed at someone’s ethnicity or gender. The human race will ultimately have to embrace the absolute truth of equality for everyone. Until that day we will have to continue to raise awareness about the injustice directed towards those in poverty. I look forward to reading your work in the future.


    1. Thank you. Yes, intolerance is often very much condemned, but not when it comes to economic class. This phenomenon is indicative of what we have become, a society valuing material possessions above human life and well-being. What we fail to realise is that the consequences of this phenomenon, are very far-reaching and devastating. Ending the marginalisation of the poor is in all our best interests, however, ending poverty should be the ultimate goal.


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About Koketso Moeti

Mother. Campaigner. Political orphan. Blogger. Activator. Part time professional black. Liker of things. Lover of people. No sense of humour.