Thoughts of creating economic autonomy are a common thing, for the rich and poor. On the face of maintaining extreme wealth, economic parity seems to abandon rights of the indigent. The ethics created for laborers are bought and sold by transnational governments, in their efforts to controlled commerce. It is easier to control laws regulating pliable governance when you have ownership of fiscal policies.
On a continent the size of Africa, with seemingly limitless natural riches, venture capitalists are gifted with the Midas touch. While South Africans still stagger under a trade deficit, Chinese government owned mining companies are stripping the country bare by the billions. The mining of rich ore has become the Mecca for those minions looking to gain a marginal life on meager wages and poor labor practices. The wealth created and passed along to local governance contributes little to fair and equal opportunities for the majority of the poor black populace. Yet in mere seconds, he or she is in danger of breaking a law. In the case of Zimbabwe and its relationship with China, mining operations are producing extreme wealth. China has become the grand toolmaker of governments. Therefore, it is important to know something about the Sino/African relationship that will land you in jail.
1. If you find yourself on the wrong side of the ruling party, becoming an active participant in the election process, this could mean a sizeable amount of jail time. A hapless voter found this out in the recent elections in Zimbabwe. The over eager rants in support of his candidate near a polling center, landed him a five-year jail sentence. “Indigenization” has become an important word to describe the growing disparity between black economics and the political economics that China’s wealth has bought to that country. It was in China’s interest to maintain Mr. Robert Mugabe’s reelection. His success at the polls cemented yet another Sino/African relationship.
2. In South Africa organizing or participating in demonstrations for fair wages and better working conditions can mean jail time. Sino African mine laborers work under horrendous environs and human abuses. Poorly treated black South Africans are increasingly participating in demonstrations for fair wages and better working conditions.
3. Anyone suspected of homosexual acts has earned a right to jail time in South Africa’s economies. Despite being the only country with a gay right clause included in its Bill of Rights, “corrective rape” practices have become a common occurrence. Archbishop Desmond Tutu led the fight to ratify human rights law that addresses gay homosexual abuses stating, “That people’s sexual nature is fundamental to their humanity”.
It is important to understand when sojourning in South Africa that there are things you should know that will earn you jail time.