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Economic Freedom Charter, Preamble Part 1
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Economic Freedom Charter, Preamble Part 1
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Mapped by: Cedric de la Harpe. 082 565 2520
Date: 1 August 2006, Latest Revision Date: 31 October 2012

Economic Freedom Charter:

The Economic Freedom Charter requires a brief preamble that will set the thinking behind a very long and complex document.

Eighteen years into our New Democracy and our country is experiencing escalating protests and violence.

I believe this is directly related to the temporary peace that our 1994 Democratic Elections brought to us, a peace that we as a nation did not take forward through integration and rehabilitation. We all accepted the TRC as having satisfied the reconciliation process, giving no thought to the damage done to the people at ground-level.

South Africa is unique for the damage done to our communities, particularly during the period 1981 to 1994, some of our greatest abuse and atrocities took place during this period, schools were closed, people necklaced, boycotts and crime became part of our lives. The children, often referred to the ‘lost generation’ were then faced with the black on black violence during the early 1990’s as various interest groups manipulted the negotiations.

On both sides of the conflict, people were fighting for freedom, and an integral part of this freedom, is the ability to achieve economic freedom.

We came off a period of great conflcit in 1994, with no healing, no rehabilitation, and no reparations taking place.

As part of the 1994 ‘peace-plan‘ the ANC accepted the elite business community’s need to show the world a unified approach to how South Africa protected the wealth and assets of the business community. It may have been necessary in 1994, but we should have understood that the protection through restrictions to participate, should have been removed. Today the system’s attack and the confiscation of goods from the Informal Traders, the Spaza Shop, the Shebeen Owners, is seen as nothing more than ‘armed robbery‘ and although the Municipal Police are in the front-line, the actions are linked directly to the white and elite black economy.

The Lost Generation are 38 to 44 years-old today, they are unable to manage their anger, moving from their comfort-zone to the fight-zone with often fatal results. Today, when protesting and confronted with armed police, they still see the police as the ama-boere, and the police, many of them part of this Lost Generation, react accordingly with great aggression and anger.

The children and grand-children have the same shackled-skills that their parents have, you are only what your parents give you, all the good and all the bad.

in 1992, in exchange for putting their weapons and aggression down, our leaders made promises to the poverty groups, today these promises have filtered into the youth groups, as we observe housing and service delivery process, it is obvious that these promises have not yet been met.

As a society we do not appreciate to what extend the people believe that the Government own everything. It is almost as if the Government can transfer wealth directly to them, and when in conflict, the damage done to property, it is almost as if the people are damaging their own, through the Government linked ownership. The ANC through the Government own all the public holidays, as an individual or group, no-one would dare arrange a celebration if it was not announced bt the Government.

As a country, we can create social cohesion, we can achieve a reduced violent crime rate, we will achive a reduction in farm murders, all we need to do is join hands and give economic freedom to the people.

Our poverty groups, if given the opportunity to trade without restrictions, will soon commit themselves to “making not taking” as they find ownership and space to achieve their ‘space’ in our New Democracy.

Over the past two years, politicians and academics have warned South Africans of the threat that poverty will rise up against the wealthy. This situation is occuring sooner than many would have anticipated, mainly as a result of the failure to meet promises to the 1984 to 1994 struggle youth, including many linked to the structured struggle forces, who are now reaching the level where they no longer have the time left to wait.

Through the control mechanisms, the restrictions imposed on the black communities, the impact of the Police State attitude, from the forces who did the pre-sunrise control checks on the families, the security police atrocities, the isolation, the lack of education, South Africa created an abnormal society. Anything, human, or animal, or plant, that is manipulated and controlled to become abnormal, requires the same force that created the abnormality, to guide and manage the restoration of the human, or animal or plant, back to normality.[/size]

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