'People can't afford to eat'- Bongani Bingwa

It's time to redress the balance in South Africa and lose the ignoble title as one of the most unequal societies on earth.

That from Bongani Bingwa on Wednesday morning who highlighted the brutal realities of life for the majority of South Africans.

In the years 2008 to 2014, 49% of people were considered chronically poor at least once and 78% were chronically poor at least once during that period.

Bingwa says in a country rich in resources there's no excuse for the levels of poverty experienced by so many South Africans.

People can't afford to eat. The child who goes to bed hungry every night is not in some far away land or from another time in history but is a South African. He may not have a swollen belly, surrounded by flies as shown in images of famine ravaged countries on television.

No, this child is expected to one day compete with middle class kids who go to some of the best private schools anywhere in the world. This child is starving in the land of plenty, in a country endowed with mineral resources and other source of wealth.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

According to a report released by the World Bank on Tuesday many South Africans are still struggling to even afford the very basics.

Bingwa says the legacy of apartheid spatial planning means that even when South Africans can, sacrifices have to made - people are spending the bulk of their income on things like transport and airtime.

Responding to the report, Minister of Monitoring and Evaluation Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says she's disappointed that 24 years into democracy this is where South Africans find themselves ,despite the great strides that have been made via the social grant system.

Bingwa says these latest figures make the scandal surrounding state capture an even more bitter pill to swallow.

This is why the state capture project was so evil. This why the idea of this family that came to South Africa with not much and somehow became multi-billionaires is so galling. Indian tax authorities seized at least 120 properties in their country of origin. Notwithstanding what they have here or in places like Dubai. And they were aided by politicians who claim to be defenders of the poor?

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

So when those implicated in the state capture matter refuse to come and answer to parliamentarians, I say lock them up. For those that aided and abetted this project, perhaps jail is too kind. Blackest darkness is deserved by those. It's in those moments that I desperately hope that there is an after life with an eternal lake of fire.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

Listen below to Bongani Bingwa's impassioned comment on SA's poverty stats:


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