The President of the World Reformed Church, Dr Alan Boesak, has put the blame for poverty, disease, malnutrition and child death in South Africa on the apartheid policies of Pretoria.
SVs President of World Reformed Church, Dr Alan Boesak, speaks at Carnegie conference (SOT) (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE ONE): BOESAK:
"It is not by accident that 35 out of every 1,000 black children die in this country. And they die of hunger, malnutrition, and because of inadequate medical treatment. But they die of these things in a country which is surely one of the richest on this continent, and while the white population is the recipient of every privilege modern, Western society has to offer, the desperate conditions of black people in the homelands, the broken families and the destruction of human relationships, the erosion of human dignity and the perpetuation of political powerlessness, all this is not accidental but by design. It is the logical outcome of deliberate policy. It is the result of deliberate policy that whites, 17 per cent of the population, receive more than 70 per cent of all income while 98.1 per cent of all income from property is accrued to whites, and this must make palpably clear that poverty in this country has to do with apartheid, with white greed, with black political powerlessness. This does not mean that the problem can be solved by quote making the free market more accessible unquote to certain selected groups from the black community. I for one do not believe that the creation of a black capitalist class will solve the problem of mass poverty in South Africa because it will not mean fundamental change in the inequitable system which capitalism is, and besides, we must ask the question, are inequalities based on class any more acceptable than inequalities based on race."
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Background: The President of the World Reformed Church, Dr Alan Boesak, has put the blame for poverty, disease, malnutrition and child death in South Africa on the apartheid policies of Pretoria. Dr Boesak was addressing a conference at the University of Cape Town on April 13 at the opening of a six-day public meeting of the second Carnegie Commission on Poverty in South Africa. He said that 35 out of every 1,000 black children died in South Africa and quoted the Theron Report, of several years ago, which estimated that 60 per cent of the coloured population lived in poverty. The church president added that official policies, under which a white minority received 70 per cent of all income and nearly all the income accruing from property, made the majority of people poor. He also questioned whether the creation of a black capitalist class would solve the problem of mass poverty. The university conference ended a 15-month period of research by the commission, officially launched in April two years ago. Like the first Carnegie Commission on poverty in South Africa in 1932, the inquiry was funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and independent foundation established in 1911 by the Scottish industrialist, Andrew Carnegie.