South Africa's wealth gap is widening and the average Black citizen still only earns an eighth of what his White counterpart does; this nearly 14 years after the end of apartheid.
The people who marched in the 1980s anti-apartheid demonstrations should note what an Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) researcher says about the disparity they marched to eliminate. “We are not succeeding in reducing inequality," says senior researcher Jan Hofmeyr. The institute shows that the per capita income of Black South Africans is just 13 percent of that of Whites. The issue is political. African National Congress (ANC) leader Jacob Zuma made the disparity between rich and poor the theme of his successful campaign to oust Thabo Mbeki from the head of the ruling party and office of president.