Eastwood: Rally draws minorities to petition against racism, inequality

2011-05-02 00:00

THE rally held by the SA Minority Rights and Equity Movement (Samrem) and the Msundusi Rates Forum attracted a full hall in Eastwood yesterday afternoon.

The event was held to allow community members to sign the Samrem memorandum, which is mandated to take “all actions that may be necessary to deal with racism and inequality in South Africa, which targets previously disadvantaged minority groups and to ensure the promotion of national unity”.

The gathering was also a stand against government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi’s comments on the proposed Equity Bill, that there are too many Coloureds in the Western Cape and too many Indians in KwaZulu-Natal employed in government and business.

Resolutions stated in the Samrem memorandum include a call for government to dismiss Manyi in a show of respect to the Constitution; the removal of all racial quotas affecting previously disadvantaged minorities, and the inclusion of minorities in Black Economic Enpowerment (BEE) deals.

Founder of Samrem, advocate Ashin Singh, said the voices within the Indian and Coloured community are not heard.

He added that all people should have equal rights; they should all have to meet the same criteria to join educational institutions and to be employed.

The memorandem was received by advocate Sipho Mdhluli on behalf of the Premier of the province of KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Zweli Mkhize, after a motorcade to the legislature.

Mdhluli reiterated that “Jimmy Manyi’s views do not represent the policy of the government of the day”.

“Dr Zweli Mkhize, in his capacity as the chairperson of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal, has previously stated that the ruling party will always reach out to all minority communities and that the party remains the home for all South African people,” he said.

Samrem has collected more than 8 500 signatures for their petition against racism and inequality.

“The fight is a common one,” said Singh, “our petition is for everyone.”

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