Johannesburg – ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe has added his voice to the debate on whether apartheid can still be blamed for South Africa’s problems.
Mantashe appears to have thrown his weight behind President Jacob Zuma’s comments on Wednesday that “we can’t stop blaming those who caused it”.
Zuma’s comments were an apparent reference to Planning Minister Trevor Manuel, who told public servants last week that it was time to stop blaming apartheid for the country’s problems, and take responsibility for solving them.
Mantashe told Talk Radio 702 on Thursday that he asks a historical question when this debate comes up.
“When did the holocaust happen? And I ask the question: Why is it as fresh as if it happened last year? Because it was such a major injustice against a particular community.”
Mantashe said economic apartheid still affects the life chances of young black people, even though they were born after the end of apartheid.
“If you are a young white graduate you are likely to have an uncle in the furniture business. If you are a young African graduate you’ll battle at the labour market.”