It’s what President Cyril Ramaphosa told Xolani Gwala on Talk Radio 702 the week before, speaking about black anger in South Africa: “It is justified anger. This is why we say to white people that the majority of this country is becoming tired of their lackadaisical commitment to nation-building.”
It was as if he’d prised off the scab of a suppurating sore. Steve Hofmeyr, that standard-bearer for nation-building, immediately redubbed himself Lackadaisical Steve Hofmeyr on Twitter, as did former newspaper columnist turned general liberal bête noire (pun intended) Lackadaisical Prof David Bullard.
They weren’t alone. There were anguished tweets aplenty about how unfair it was to expect 8% of the population to build a nation, when they were already contributing the lion’s share of the tax that goes to fund not just the gravy train for the politicians and public servants, but the grant system that a third of the country depends on.
All of which, if not tone deaf, at least missed the point that it’s a helluva advertisement for white privilege to still be able to contribute the majority of the government’s budget as a minority, when unemployment seems to render everyone else either unemployed or unemployable.