In the South African context
While not disputing that the things you report have happened, I do dispute your interpretation.
The idea that freedom can be associated with “finance” in the term “true financial freedom” is not actually sustainable in today’s world.
It is the very idea of using markets to measure value that holds the vast majority of humanity in experiential poverty.
And I am not in any way supporting any sort of Marxist variant of central control – something very different.
Freedom can only be achieved when individuals accept the constraints necessary for survival.
As long as any individual is either ignorant of the necessary minimum set of constraints for survival (social, ecological, ethical, etc), or they refuse to constrain their activity within that set of constraints, then whatever they have, it isn’t freedom, it is a path to destruction.
For me, freedom can only have any meaning if it is within the set of actions that allow for the life and liberty of all.