Lets take a look at elitism in Cape Town, and more specifically elitism at our tertiary institutions. At first glance, elitism may not seem as gory as racism in terms of segregation, however it is just as firmly entrenched into our psyche as racism is.

I was born into a white working class family. I was privileged in the sense that I was educated at one of Cape Town’s elite schools, but I was conflicted while growing up because I was not from a wealthy family. I went on to do other things after school, and now I am studying at an elite tertiary institution in Cape Town. Coincidental? I think not.

Elitism is universal. It is crucial in keeping the cogs of The Corporation ticking over. It is what keeps the Monarchy alive. It is what keeps the government in power. Elitism runs through our DNA.

Let’s start at the top. We all know that the world is connected via tribes, brotherhoods and bloodlines.

All of us were born into a system of unspoken rules, which told us that we must obey authority at all times and we were punished when we didn’t. We were taught in school to uphold the hierarchy, the status quo, the goddamn social structure. Furthermore, while we were in school we were conditioned to believe that we had to belong to a clique in order to survive.

Then we entered University. We became pseudo-intellectuals. This imagined academic community creates the very substance of exclusivity and superiority. Kirsten J. Broadfoot explains that this as a group that “functions like an exclusive club whose membership is tightly controlled by what might be called a ‘dominant frame.’”

The highly educated people of Cape Town and the Ivory Towers of the world have formed isolated cliques whose views are overrepresented amongst journalists, professors, and other members of the intelligentsia.

  ///     Professors at UCT and Stellenbosch see themselves as part of an elite club but their influence is purely imaginary. So, what happens when you combine the pseudo-intellectual elite with the actual old-money bloodlines of UCT and Stellenbosch University students? You get a goddamn nuclear fusion of congenital sex and intellectual masturbation.    ///

This inbreeding filters into society and the corporations that keep our economy ticking over. These exclusive clubs penetrate Cape Town and the world at large with their demonic, self-righteous codes of conduct. These secret societies keep Cape Town and the world segregated in a web of philosophical superiority.

An obvious benefit of going to university is to form alliances, and we do. We form our own brotherhoods so that when we enter the real world we are not alone. We then enter the world thinking that we’re superior to the rest of society.

When we walk into the energy field of a tightly bound Cape Town clique we will feel those familiar feelings – those jarring, prickly sensations of being judged by more than one person simultaneously.

The Cape Town cliques talk in “code”. It’s like stumbling onto the set of a reality show where everyone is following the script. One thing that can be said is that they’re incredibly in-synch with each other – this is because they have blocked out all external influencers and influences.

The social structure of The Cape Town Clique mirrors that of every other social construct, for example: The Corporation and The Government (which are in fact the same entity).  There is always a leader – a “queen bee” who wields her power with her good looks, manipulation and monetary power. She dictates whom she likes and the rest inevitably follow.

The problem with belonging to a clique is that you become narrow minded, ignorant and fake. If you choose to be exclusive then you may as well film each moment and send the unedited footage to Fox and CBS because your bogus interactions deserve an equally phony audience.



  1. jesus-come-please-us! can you fathom how much this mind is suffciently blown? Comment will follow when coherent stream of thought starts to form

  2. I dud a google search on Cape Town and Clique, and so glad I found your blog. I will too maybe add more of my thoughts to this and the other Cape Town article I read, but for now I will just say I am glad I found your blog. Many thoughts about this topic and cultures, and my own thoughts, questions about culture and Cape Town. Also inspired to blog some of mine 🙂 I have the more positive ones, but need to put down the ones I tend to ponder about. So I say it again, Awesome blog! Thanks for sharing.

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