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‘Poorest parts of South Africa are where the white folks are’: Akon

Senegalese-born singer and entrepreneur Akon has once again given his views on racial inequality in South African.

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Akon has become a meme after tweeps noticed a fuller head of hair. Images via Instagram: @akon

Senegalese-American musician Akon has once again weighed in on the topic of racial inequality in South Africa, claiming that the richest people in Mzansi are black people.

The Lonely hitmaker made these claims during the Drink Champs podcast which aired at the weekend.

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During the YouTube show, Akon said: “What’s crazy, certain parts of South Africa, the white folks are the ones in the ghettos. If you go to South Africa, the richest people in South Africa are the black ones. It’s almost like a flip.”

He continued: “Everywhere you go there are areas where there are poor people, but the poorest parts are where the white folks are”.

He also said there was a Netflix documentary to corroborate his claims, but said he cannot remember the name.

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This is not the first time that Akon makes these claims. In October last year, during an interview with DJ Vlad, he said that white people in South Africa were being oppressed and lived in more poverty than black people.

At the time, Akon was speaking about rapper Kanye West’s controversial “White Lives Matter” shirts when he said that they would make more sense in South Africa.

DJ Vlad alleged that in Mzansi, it is the white people who live in the projects (ghetto) while black people live in mansions.

Agreeing with the DJ, Akon said: “Now that the power has been taken over, if you go into government it’s 90% blacks running it and the white folks are there screaming more about equality, saying things are not fair.

“They are saying: ‘things are not fair. If I go to get a job a black man would get hired before the white man. So the exact same thing that’s happening in America is happening in South Africa.”

The musician laughed and said: “White Lives Matter – in South Africa, 100%. Kanye got the right shirt in the wrong country”.

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Akon’s claims are contrary to a March 2022 report by the World Bank, which revealed that South Africa is the most unequal country in the world, ranking first among 164 countries.

According to the report, race plays a key factor in a society where 10 percent of the population owns more than 80 percent of the wealth.

The report also revealed that race’s contribution to income inequality amounts to 41 percent, while contribution of education is reduced to 30 percent.

“The legacy of colonialism and apartheid, rooted in racial and spatial segregation, continues to reinforce inequality,” the report further read.

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An article by Time Magazine in 2021, revealed that the Thomas Piketty-backed World Inequality Lab found that the wealth gap in South Africa remains unchanged since apartheid.

The research found that the current government has failed to wipe away the legacy of apartheid and colonialism in order to “narrow the imbalance between rich and poor, with 3,500 adults owning more than the poorest 32 million people in the country of 60 million.”

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) revealed in 2020 that between 2011 and 2015, the mean real earnings amongst employed black Africans was R6 899 per month. Amongst whites, it was R24 646 per month, or more than three times as high as it was amongst black Africans.