During the past twenty-five years the people of South Africa have moved from a society in which those of white skin possessed power, wealth and important jobs. The end of Apartheid has ended that era, but questions still remain concerning the nature of black white relations in the country. Julius Malema, president of the African National Congress Youth League, wondered publicly why there is not a single black face holding an important economic policy position in the Cabinet of President Zuma. A spokesperson for the president dismissed the question as dealing with a “marginal issue.”
Perhaps, it is “marginal,” but it raises a fascinating issue as to the absence of black skinned economists in leading government positions. All this blogger can do is wonder, but the government of South Africa should offer more than merely dismissing the question.