60 Inkululeko Foundation’s members protested outside Remgro in Stellenbosch against Johann Rupert, one among the Billionaire businessman in South Africa, remark on quoting radical economic transformation to theft. Protesters, dressed in army fatigues, were marching in a row of entrance of the office park, although police had kept eye on them.
Dressed in army fatigues, the foundation members marched in a row to the entrance of the office park, while police watched on. As this protesting were held at Cape Town and even the members didn’t take their steps back, when they had to ride overnight bus ride from Johansburg to Cape Town. To show their anger against the Rupert remarks on “radical economic transformation to theft”, they scattered washing powder, body creams and margarine on the road.
The reason to refuse these Unilever products (washing powder, body cream and margarine) is, Remgro has shareholding in Unilever, and Rupert is the chairman of Remgro. Few days back, Rupert coded radical economic transformation a “theft”. He also caught saying “That’s what’s happening there. They’re raiding the state’s coffers. And it’s public knowledge.” Bloomberg reported on Richemont’s annual general meeting in Geneva.
Rupert Criticised and Warned By Gov or Protesters
While protesting against Rupert misbehave towards radical economic transformation, Banner were used referring a real face of Johann to the “Republic of Rupert” as the “real state capture”. Foundation’s members mentioned this in the favour of small operators and black entrants and to show the real change for he country’s economic structure.
Many of Patriotic and Black Supporters also stated against Rupert statement as:
“BBBEE legislation and policies are not a ‘code of theft’ but just a tool used for much needed socioeconomic transformation,” stated foundation convenor Sparks Motseki. He further added, “Rupert’s comments were divisive and undermined government’s efforts to redress inequality and injustice”.
He strictly warned Rupert, “If Rupert not retract his remarks on national TV or newspapers within seven days, they would have no option but to go the legal route”
The ANC had previously said Rupert’s statement was disingenuous and “extremely opportunistic”.
The Western Cape ANCYL said, “The remarks were a clear indication of business arrogance “mainly dominated by white males”, who they felt disregarded the country’s political leaders.
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