Zuma calls for an SA free of ethnic-dominance

2011-03-21 12:40

President Jacob Zuma today marked Human Rights Day with a call for a society free of ethnic dominance, stating that no group shall determine where another lived or worked.

“We have a duty to ensure that this country never again resorts to a system of government which institutionalises and legalises the domination of one group by another, whether by race or ethnic group,” Zuma told a crowd of several thousand in the Athlone Stadium, Cape Town.

“Our country has come a long way from the days when a racist regime decided where people should live, where they should work, which school or church to attend, and even who to marry based on the colour of their skin.”

The speech came amid division in the ruling party over government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi’s remarks that there is an “over-supply of coloured people in the Western Cape”, and ahead of crucial local government elections.

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