ANC must come clean on race

2009-09-12 12:27

 IT IS clear that the ANC-led government is getting frustrated by the fact that it is unable to transform the country’s economy – thus they are failing to address the injustices of the past.

To consolidate its race-based policy the government was quick to cry racism over Canada’s decision to grant refugee status to South African Brandon Huntley.

How are we ever going to be taken seriously on issues of race if we make each and every matter a race issue?

Look at the Caster Semenya issue. Are we not sending out the message that we are indeed a racially troubled society?

When Freedom Under Law (FUL) tries to challenge the Judicial Service Commission’s decision on the Judge John Hlophe matter, certain people decide to resign from FUL. Is this because they were not consulted or is it because the chairperson of FUL is white?

So every single dispute we deal with in South Africa today is interpreted as racial, especially when a black person disagrees with a white person, then the white person is ­automatically racist, because he disagrees with the black person.

The ANC must come out clearly on its race policy. The ANC is in charge of the government and when it fails to come up with programmes that effectively address the imbalances of the past, blame must not be apportioned to all white people. Screaming racism will not make these ­issues go away.

Why is it that in this day and age the ANC has no white person in its top six? Why?
What message are we sending to the private sector?

We need to build on the Madiba legacy of a non-racial society.

Sefu Sekgala

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