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South Africa Has Called For A Program To End Racism

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Open Eyes Opinion {source: SAgov}

Pretoria – Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has called for a programme aimed at ending racism in the country.

“We need to tackle this obstacle to social justice. As a society, we are called upon to rise to the occasion and uproot such discriminatory acts,” Minister Mthethwa said.

Speaking at the National Social Cohesion Report Back Summit in Port Elizabeth on Monday, the Minister said the country had to defeat racism in all its manifestations, whether it is overt or covert.

The Department of Arts and Culture convened the summit to evaluate how much progress has been made in nation building and social cohesion on the year of the 60th anniversary of the Freedom Charter.

“If we are to build a caring society, we need to have a programme geared towards eradicating the scourge in visible ways,” Minister Mthethwa said.

He said no one should be discriminated against based on colour, creed and gender or in any way. “It is worse when fellow Africans attack one another. It reminds us of the road ahead to a truly decolonised African mind.”

Speaking on the recent protest at the University of Cape Town (UCT) by students, Minister Mthethwa said there was no need to deface or destroy any statue.

“If it had to be removed, let us use the correct means to the end,” he said.

UCT students have recently embarked on protests to have the statue of Cecil Rhodes removed from the institution’s grounds.

Minister Mthethwa said government’s reconciliation and nation building policy means while the nation should forgive, it should not forget to prevent a repetition of the pitfalls of the past.

“The social cohesion advocates, led by the Department of Arts and Culture, will frequent universities and other institutions to deepen dialogue with all stakeholders.

“Social cohesion will only succeed through all round and interconnected efforts for social progress, which will change material conditions of the population for the better.

“It means the total transfer of political and economic power to the democratic majority,” Minister Mthethwa said. – SAnews.gov.za

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