The dark history of South Africa has put many black people in an economically vulnerable position.
Many black workers across the country continue to be exploited by corporate South Africa.
The fear of becoming part of the unemployment statistic has made many black workers resort to accepting anything being offered by greedy executives in the private sector, rather than what they deserve.
Black workers in the private sector continue to be at the receiving end of exploitation and degradation.
Last week the country was shocked to find out how veteran actor Vatiswa Ndara refused to be exploited by greedy black capitalists.
While Ndara’s resilience is a commendable act, one just hopes it will inspire other black leaders in the private sector to stand up against exploitation.
Many black executives continue to aide the exploitation of fellow black workers.
After Ndara’s open letter to Minister of Arts and Culture, I had a discussion with fellow media practitioners on how black editors continue to fail and aide white capitalists in exploiting young journalists in the newsroom across the country.
Many black journalists continue to be paid slavery salaries, while the people whom they liaise with on a daily basis, news editors, get fat cheques at the end of the month.
The worst part is that instead of these editors trying to negotiate with the executives on behalf of their staff, they remain mum and continues to enjoy their fat salaries while participating in the injustice that’s being done to their fellow black compatriots.
It is time to call out black editors for their cowardness and their evil role in the dehumanisation of black writers in the newsroom.
While the power to pay good salaries to staff members lies with executives, it is the role of black editors to push these greedy suites to pay their staff accordingly.
Many newsrooms across the country are littered with depressed young journalists, who continue to be failed by their fellow brothers and sisters.
It is unfair for a university graduate, with a post-graduate qualification to still earn below 10k, while the person next to them earns seven times than what they get.
It is time that executives pay journalists based on their experience, qualifications and the quality of their work, instead of their skin colour as consideration.