‘Close income gap to curb racism’

2011-10-21 00:00

The SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) said yesterday that closing the gap on socio-economic inequalities between South African races is the only long-term solution to repeated incidents of racial prejudice.

Lucy Holborn said the institute’s research has shown that racial slurs are not new. “We have seen this racial rhetoric in our politics for a number of years. It goes up and down … When it appears it gets some attention and disappears only to rise up again.”

She urged politicians and people in leadership positions to stop identifying each other by racial categories because they were created under apartheid and have no place in a non-racial democratic South Africa.

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