There seems to be a perennial attempt to insinuate that the only reason things are so bad in South Africa these days is because white supremacist rulers and their policy of apartheid are no longer in charge. I addressed this at some length in a previous essay (which, if you haven’t read it, remains very relevant, IMHO), but there are still plenty of doubters out there.
Now Kim du Toit, another expatriate South African who’s now an American citizen, brings his own contribution to the debate. He concludes:
So there’s no point in reevaluating apartheid: it was a savagely iniquitous and evil system, and the best thing that can be said about it is that it was no different to any other tribal system already in existence in Africa — except that it was loudly and proudly unapologetic about its foundation (“Blacks are genetically inferior to Whites”), its goals (“protect the White race”) and intent (“keep the races apart”).
And yes, while apartheid existed South Africa worked better as a country — roads, medical care, electricity generation and distribution, financial systems and the economy all worked well, to the envy of the rest of the continent and even outside Africa. But it was too evil a system to last, its benefits excluded too much of South Africa’s population and ultimately, its First World efficacy cannot be used to excuse it.
There’s more at the link. Worthwhile reading, for those interested in the topic. The comments from his readers, and his replies, as well as those on my earlier essay, are also informative – if only to demonstrate that some people just don’t get it.