Elon Musk’s riches and global business success have seen ANC stalwart Derek Hanekom catching smoke after he uttered a suggestion that the billionaire should invest in “the land of his birth”.
The former ANC minister and stalwart of the party was reacting to the news that Pretoria-born Elon Musk is now the second-richest person in the world. Elon Musk left Mzansi at a young age to pursue his tech career in the US. He rose through the ranks in ‘Silicone Valley’, establishing himself as a major force in the engineering industry.
He’s spent almost his entire adult life in the US, becoming a naturalised citizen in the process, and his ties to SA have been all but completely severed.
Now worth $128 billion – which is roughly R1.9 trillion – Musk is only surpassed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in the wealth stakes. He’s overtaken Bill Gates on the mega-rich list, as his Tesla stock continues to skyrocket.
Hanekom, who used to lead the Tourism Ministry, said though the news of Musk’s riches was great, it would be wonderful if he shared some of his wealth with SA. “Of course we celebrate his success. Now wouldn’t it be wonderful if he ploughs back some of that wealth into the land of his birth,” Hanekom wrote.
Of course we celebrate his success. Now wouldn’t it be wonderful if he ploughs back some of that wealth into the land of his birth! https://t.co/wu6GmHN5gs
— Derek Hanekom (@Derek_Hanekom) November 25, 2020
Hanekom’s comment was quickly met with salt by many on social media, including DA MP Cameron MacKenzie. MacKenzie said Hanekom’s “the land of his birth” statement was “troubling”.
He said Hanekom was usually quiet when white people were told they are “settlers”. “Trouble is, Derek Hanekom, we’ve got your party, CR [Cyril Ramaphosa] and crowds of demagogues telling ‘whites’ they’re settlers, land thieves, must go back to Europe, etc. And you are silent. You can’t have it both ways,” said MacKenzie.
“The land of his birth.” Because of that, he is obligated to invest ‘at home’. Trouble is @Derek_Hanekom we’ve got your party, CR, & crowds of demagogues telling ‘whites’ they’re settlers, land thieves, must go back to Europe, etc. And you are silent. You can’t have it both ways.
— Cameron MacKenzie MP (@CameronMacKenz2) November 25, 2020
So ANC comrades can loot it with their friends an families for expensive weddings an exotic Cars? The guy must play far from this country like he has been doing all this time, this country ‘s leaders are greedy and don’t deserve someone’ s hard earned money. pic.twitter.com/Z20PgRXa6M
— MR DICK (@kabelodick) November 25, 2020
If he had started his company in South Africa it would have been bankrupted by now. He was able to make it a success because he was able to hire the best in the business rather than quotas and he didn’t have to hand 51% of his company to politically connected elites
— Comrade watchdog_za (@watchdog_za) November 25, 2020
Funny how suddenly it’s his “land of birth”. So many of us being told to “go back to where we came from” by the architects and supporters of EWC, but now suddenly an ex-South African makes it big and you think you can call in some cash? The ANC’s two-faced avarice is disgusting.
— Save our Soil (@LoopyLupina) November 25, 2020
That looting state funds senses just kicked in neh @Derek_Hanekom . He must ploughing back to a kleptocracy neh Derek .Pockets are running empty ,You’ll need that Musk tap to run over and overflow you’ll pockets neh Derek
— Mickey Van Peeblez (@van_peeblez) November 25, 2020