Speak out against racism - Zuma

2016-03-16 06:00
Photo: sourced Jacob Zuma

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THIS year Human Rights Day will be dedicated to remembering that racism is bad, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.

“Racism subjugated our communities and so it is important that we speak against racism and not allow it to come back,” said at the opening of the National House of Traditional Leaders in Cape Town on Thursday.

“We should not think it is for other people, nor should we think it is for political parties or politicians. It is for all of us, [to speak out against it].”

The whole of March will be dedicated to spreading the message that the country is united against racism, he said, and traditional leaders must do their part too.

“Let all South Africans speak in one voice on 21 March and every other day, and say we are united against racism and that together we will continue to build a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa.”

A rally will be held in Durban on 21 March in a “national day against racism”.

The year started on a difficult note for South Africa when comments posted on social media created a storm over how some black and white people describe each other.

The SA Human Rights Commission and the Equality Court have been asked to look at a number of complaints relating mostly to racially offensive posts on social media by white and black users.

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