The ANC praised Patrice Motsepe for taking the decision of donating 50% of the funds generated by his family assets to philanthropy in a statement which carries curious messages in between the lines and around the phrase, patriotic bourgeoisie.
The ANC has had a couple of run ins with a number of prominent corporations, the latest being the FNB’s “You can help” fiasco, where the ruling party chastised the banking group for being unpatriotic and playing the role of opposition parties. The ANC levelled more or less the same criticism against Nedbank chairman Reuel Khoza after he suggested that the parties leadership was incompetent.
The ANC said it salutes Motsepe for sharing the proceeds of his hard earned business interests with the poor South Africans through the Motsepe Foundation.
“This unprecedented act of goodwill in South Africa gives expression to our view of patriotic bourgeoisie whose outlook reflects a deep understanding of development challenges and limitations facing South Africa and its people”.
“We believe that this gesture of philanthropy will assist many destitute South Africans to experience some relief that compliments government initiative through the social safety net that has been a policy instrument to mitigate poverty and indigency. We hope that this gesture of generousity will send a clear message to our corporate citizenry of responsive consciousness in building cohesion and collaborative development”.
“The ANC believes that business is an essential partner in development and in confronting socio-economic challenges like poverty and unemployment. Patrice Motsepe should be lauded for exemplary leadership that must be seen as reflecting new realism that must confront business in their social commitment to eradicating deep seated poverty that confronts under developed countries. His gesture is a true reflection of ‘Ubuntu’ deriving from where Mr. and Mrs. Motsepe and their families come from”.