Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa File picture: Independent Media

Johannesburg - The fight against white monopoly capital and equal economic opportunities should not end up turning into black monopoly capital, head of ANC's political school Nathi Mthethwa said on Monday. 

"We warned comrades who raised the issue of white monopoly capital that there's nothing wrong with raising that, but that they're expressing a form, and not content... content is white monopoly capital, in South Africa monopoly capital took a form of race," Mthethwa told reporters. 

"We should not be aspiring to changing white monopoly capital to black monopoly capital... the uncompetitive nature of monopoly capital raises the issue of contestation, whether it is black or  white."

It was important to understand the "colonial culture" of the economy, he added. 

Mthethwa presented his report on organisational strategy and tactics to conference over the weekend. 

He said it was a fallacy to "claim that white monopoly capital does not exist".  

"To the extend of what has been in the public discourse on this matter, we submitted that its a fallacy for anyone to say that there is no white monopoly capital in South Africa... that notion boils down to denying how colonialism is characterised, and that our struggle was about dismantling all forms of oppression."

Gauteng African National Congress chairman Paul Mashatile had told the provincial policy conference the previous week that white monopoly capital did not exist in the ANC Gauteng vocabulary, and that the term was a ''distraction'' used to divert attention from state capture, allegedly by the politically connected Gupta family.

White monopoly capital has been widely used in political discourse as a reference to a minority that is still in control the country’s economy. The governing ANC has in recent times called for radical economic transformation meant to ensure all sectors of the society benefited in the country's economy, and not just a few.