South Africa sometimes seems like a bellwether for things to come: Rampant crime and corruption, racist leftist policies, government collapse and energy blackouts caused the far-left ANC party to lose the majority in last weeks’ local council elections, for the first time since 1994. Meanwhile, Netflix South Africa is offering scholarships for black people only.
For the first time since the end of White minority rule in 1994, the notoriously corrupt and inefficient African National Congress (ANC) party scored under 50% of the vote in local government elections, earning 45.6% of the vote natiowide, a crushing blow for the party of convicted terrorist Nelson Mandela, which will have to form coalitions with other parties in many regions now. In another echo of the US Virginia election, the leftist defeat is considered dire news for President Cyril Ramaphosa and the 2024 elections.
At the same time, Netflix South Africa launched a $400,000 post-graduate scholarship for film or TV students, under the condition that applicants must be Black, Indian or Coloured. White students will be rejected outright based solely on the colour of their skin, regardless of their financial background, complains civil rights group AfriForum, which launched a petition against Netflix’s racist policy.