'Ministry for minority affairs' laughed off

2012-07-04 19:30
Jacob Zuma is seen at the start of the national social cohesion summit in Kliptown, Soweto. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Jacob Zuma is seen at the start of the national social cohesion summit in Kliptown, Soweto. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Freedom Front Plus chief whip Corne Mulder elicited peels of unbelieving laughter from delegates at government’s social cohesion summit in Soweto when he suggested that a ministry for minority affairs be established.

Mulder told the more than 1 000 delegates gathered in a marquee in Kliptown on Wednesday that South Africa needed “a dedicated department for minorities” to “help foster a sense of belonging and decrease the sense of alienation”.

He said government needed to foster a country where “no one feels alienated from their country”.

Mulder also criticised President Jacob Zuma’s suggestion in his opening speech that nation-building was at a high point after the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

“We can’t stumble from one sporting moment to the next without creating a cohesive society,” he said, referring to moments like the 1995 Rugby World Cup and South Africa’s Olympic host bid.

“Every time we have a moment of pride but every time it sinks in the sand. It never lasts.”

He said this was why it was so easy for expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema as well as the controversy around The Spear painting, to polarise South Africans.

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