UWC EFF STUDENT COMMAND WC STATEMENT AGAINST ‘BLACK FRIDAY’
The UWC EFF Students Command (EFFSC) rejects the tumultuous and exhausting period that sees the poor and working class being un-awarely subjected to public embarrassment by white monopoly capitalist with its deeply embedded institutionalized racism called “Black Friday” that appears as a celebratory moment in the lives of many black households nation-wide simply because goods are either offered at half-price or on discount.
The EFFSC notes what has now been familiarized as “Black Friday” whereby the poor and working class Black people come out in their numbers 1 day in a year of 365 days, that sees the poor and working class experience the closest thing to Economic Freedom in their lifetime are discounted goods from the very racist retailers who seek exploitative methods to get rid of old-stock and still make a profit off it.
The EFFSC progressively suggest that the retail industry – possessing the means of production – donate their left-over goods based on high morale and supposed customer care, to families in need in restrictive areas, to resident students in South African campuses preparing and writing exams, to local crèches in poor communities and other strategic areas.
And not forgetting as we enter the festive season with Christ as the center, white monopoly capitalists including broer farmers should practice their white Jesus biblical values and do the right thing and give back the means of production (Land) back to its rightful owners, the Indigenous people and Black majority of South Africa.
The EFFSC also suggest that the poor and working class participate in a series of serious re-evaluation of their position and purpose in a capitalist state and seek a revolutionized alternative approach that concurs and endorses victory of the black majority in our lifetime and not a few hours inside a loaded shopping mall.
The EFFSC therefore recognizes the inequality that continues to persist in modern society amongst the Black majority and white minority as Black Friday seeks to remind and commemorate the majority of their poverty and blackness.
The EFFSC also notes the distressing levels of hypocrisy that plays itself among fellow South Africans and youth who might believe that since the dismantling of the Democratic Alliance (DA) forefathers system of apartheid, equal opportunity was achieved which remains a false illusion that presently sees many black youth unemployed, disillusioned and in a detrimental state of mind in post 1994.
However, the EFFSC believes this dishonest facade of ‘freedom’ must be thoroughly scrutinized and then used to advance the struggle towards economic freedom in our lifetime. Readdressing the issue of inequality in contemporary South Africa must be the order of the day as we aim towards an inclusive and economically prosperous society that sees today’s youth moving South Africa to new heights and compete in the highly competitive global economy.