Coloureds in SA: the debate

By Drum Digital
09 March 2011

IT MAY be as blatant as four white students humiliating black workers in a video-taped initiation ceremony (see ‘a city healing’ on page 14) or as private as an insulting lunch-break discussion with friends about other cultures, but racism is endemic in South africa.

However, it’s the role of coloured people in South africa and their identity that grabbed headlines in recent weeks after Jimmy manyi, former director general of labour, made apparently controversial statements during an interview discussing changes to the Employment Equity act. He was quoted as saying there was an “oversupply” of coloured people in the Western Cape, while in the same breath saying that “coloured people should understand that South africa belongs to them in totality”.

The debate intensified when Kuli Roberts wrote a column in which she described coloured women as beer-guzzling, chainsmoking, baby-making factories with “no front teeth” who “eat fish like they’re trying to deplete the ocean”. It caused an uproar on social networking sites and she later apologised, saying she hadn’t meant to offend anyone.

Read the article in the Drum of 17 March 2011 – and share your views below.

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