Why SA remains unequal despite government intervention

The Guardian has posted findings from the Gini index revealing South Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the world in terms of income distribution.

Wits University's Professor Daryl Glaser says there are various factors that conspire to producing shocking levels of inequality in the country.

Glaser says low level of employment and unequal education system are among factors contributing against improvement and interventions to reduce inequality.

He explains that South Africa's progressive redistributive taxation has been able to effect change in some cases, but the base of taxpayers is not large enough to sustain a larger redistributive system.

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There isn't a vigorous informal or agricultural sector to pick up the pieces. The form of economy we have got in this country is high exclusionary.

Professor Daryl Glaser, Wits

There is a fair amount of redistribution... I think there are serious structural problems in the South African economy.

Professor Daryl Glaser, Wits

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