South Africa: Ramaphosa Disses the Term ‘White Monopoly Capital’


President Cyril Ramaphosa has dissed the term “white monopoly capital” while addressing the inaugural SA Investment Summit dinner on Friday.

“One thing that I learnt is the three Es: Education, entrepreneurship and an efficient government,” the president tells delegates.

Ramaphosa then says that “we should treat our entrepreneurs as heroes”.

“We have become accustomed to… treating our entrepreneurs and businesspeople [badly] and called them all sorts of names. We’ve treated them like enemies and… white monopoly capital – that must end today,” Ramaphosa says to huge applause.

In May, three prominent South African editors lodged a defamation claim against AIG Europe, the insurer for now defunct Bell Pottinger, over the fallen UK media relations giant’s role in the so-called “white monopoly capital” media campaign.

Editors Ferial Haffajee, Adriaan Basson and Peter Bruce were targeted by the WMC campaign in a barrage of tweets published by Twitter “bots”.

In September last year, Sunday Times reported that Bell Pottinger’s account team working for the Gupta-owned Oakbay was primarily responsible for devising the campaign.

Source: News24

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Publish date : 2018-10-29 06:21:56

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