Preface By Economic Freedom Fighters’ President Julius Malema:
The year 2014 is a crucial year in the history of South Africa. It is crucial because it marks exactly 20 years since the first democratic election, which ended centuries of colonial rule and apartheid subjugation of the black majority. It is also a crucial year because the dawn of political freedom came with so many promises But 20 years later; the conditions of majority of the people are just getting worse. South Africa is supposed to be celebrating 20 years of democracy and true freedom, but the reality is that
- 20 years later, black people are still not free!
- 20 years later, black people are still trapped in squalor, unsafe and unhealthy conditions!
- 20 years later, the black majority is still trapped in landlessness, homelessness and hopelessness!
- 20 years later, young and old black workers are still subjected to slave wages and dangerous working conditions in the mines, farms, factories, retail stores, and other workplaces!
- 20 years later, domestic workers and farm workers still work under difficult conditions without basic workers’ rights!
- 20 years later, black people battle to survive financially, trapped by debt and often blacklisted by Credit bureaux!
- 20 years later, black women still suffer triple oppression and exploitation on the basis of their gender, race and class!
- 20 years later, we still have communities across the country without basic services such as water, sanitation and healthcare facilities!
- 20 years later, the people of Mothutlung in the North West, Giyani in Limpopo and all over South Africa still do not have water!
- 20 years later, black communities in many provinces are expected to be satisfied with open toilets and no running water!
- 20 years later, the quality of our education system is deteriorating!
- 20 years later, the fishing community in the Coastal Provinces are still denied access to fishing rights!
- 20 years later, black professionals in all spheres of work, the accountants, auditors, doctors, academics, lawyers, engineers, professionals in the ICT sector and many other professions are still subjected to racial discrimination and unequal treatment!
- 20 years later, the police still kill people! They killed them in Marikana, Mothutlung, Ficksburg, Relela and all over South Africa!
- 20 years, civil servants, particularly teachers, nurses and police are treated with disrespect and paid low salaries!
- 20 years later, our armed forces, particularly the army are not paid adequate salaries, not given the respect they deserve, and a re sent to fight illegal wars!
- 20 years later, military veterans, particularly from former liberation movement are still neglected.