Why 'pro-poor' policies on their own won't shift inequality in South Africa

DATE: 16 June 2019
AUTHOR: Colin Bundy

Sociologist Goran Therborn has probably influenced the study of inequality more than any other scholar in recent years. Invited to locate inequality in South Africa in a global perspective, Therborn was emphatic. In terms of income it is “the most unequal country on earth”.

He proposed that inequality in South Africa (which he calls “extraordinary” and “unique”) derives from settler colonialism, its trajectory and its enduring legacy.’