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Economics against Apartheid

“Port scarcity: ‘white’ jobs for Afrricans,” reported the Durban Daily News on February 11.

A Natal University report on Durban harbour revealed that because of a shortage of suitable ‘white’ labour about 300 Africans were doing semi-skilled jobs officially reserved for ‘whites’. Some of the Africans live in compounds owned by Durban Corporation and, says the report, “it is unlikely that these labourers will be compelled in pursuance of government policy (of separate development) to live in the African townships.”

This is but another example of the way capitalism is undermining apartheid. Apartheid is against the interests of the South African capitalist class which wants to be free to exploit all workers as it pleases while the economics of capitalism bring together what apartheid tries to separate.