Stats SA: Blacks earn three times less than whites

Stats SA: Blacks earn three times less than whites

- Statistics SA has released a report which paints a bleak picture of income inequality in South Africa

- Three decades after apartheid ended white people still earn three times more than black people

- The negative effects of low income have a domino effect on black households and perpetuates the inequality

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Three decades after apartheid inequality is still a contentious issue with whites earning on average three times more than blacks in South Africa.

Not only is the divide still there but it has grown wider between 2011 and 2015.

The report released by Stats SA revealed that on average blacks earn R6,899 and whites R24,646 and the organisation has said that income in South Africa is "heavily racialised".

Briefly.co.za learned that gender is also an issue with women earning a massive 30% less than men.

South Africa has battled to address the issue of income inequality since 1994 as the legacy of apartheid still leaves previously disadvantaged groups at a disadvantage.

However, the report did not reflect the income inequality from 2015 to the present day, according to enca.com.

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The issue is problematic and has to grapple with concepts such as inherited capital and access to education and due to this South Africa remains one of the most unequal countries in the world.

"Black Africans are generally more vulnerable to labour markets and unemployment is high among that population group," Statistician-general Risenga Maluleke said.

The report was created by Statistics SA, the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit and the Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD).

Unemployment figures reflect this inequality with 46% of those unemployed being black and only 10% of those unemployed are white.

The income inequality has a domino effect with black households battling to escape poverty and leaving many black homes without access to internet and health insurance.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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