Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande told a breakfast meeting that 55% of blacks who graduated from Stellenbosch University were unlikely to get a job in the first year after graduation, while the figure for whites is 12%. For Wits University, 29% of its black graduates had a slim chance of getting a job a year after leaving university, while the figure for white graduates was 7%.
These figures provide just a glimmer of the reality that racism has simply gone underground.
Strange that a person like Thami Mazwai, who I have the highest respect for, would be blinded by the missing logic in Blunt Nzimande's statement. It's likely that the statistics themselves hide the reality. But if I'm wrong at least I offered a little clarity.
We'll go back to the Economically Active Population - the latest statistics can be found off StatSA. The statistics are too difficult to read through but I'll give a round about estimate of what they are per race group.
African - 85%
White - 5%
Coloured - 5%
Indian - 5%
Let's say that the EAP mirrors the graduates at all universities in South Africa (Mazwai is remiss by not mentioning something as concrete as this), if there are 100 graduates then 85 would be African, 5 white etc. This means that at Stellenbosch 38 and a quarter black graduates are likely to get jobs, 4.4 whites on the other hand will get jobs. I'd say the Africans are winning hands down here. You can follow the same logic for Wits.
I don't see any racism here at all (other than from Blunt) - all I see is another politician who has found he has to become race obsessed because the alliance he represents has to blame its failures on something. Shades of Hitler.