South Africa, one of the most unequal countries in the world


A report into inequality in South Africa has found black South Africans earn on average three times less than their white counterparts.

It said that the average monthly salary among black people – who account for 80 percent of the population – was 6,899 rand (USD466,90; £362,60) while the figure was 24,646 rand (USD1667,95; £1295,35) for white people.

The report also highlighted how different racial groups are distributed through different social classes:

It’s the country’s first comprehensive look at the trends around what is often a thorny issue.

One of the main reasons for the huge economic disparities between races is a legacy of apartheid – a system which ensured that the white minority population had access to the best the country could offer. (Source: BBC)