The cheeky commentator

2008-03-03 00:00

There is a certain irony that a staunch Black Consciousness follower would write a book criticising President Thabo Mbeki for squandering the non-racial legacy of the African National Congress.

He says racial nativism is exclusionary and inevitably leads to political intolerance. “In my regular newspaper columns and from other platforms I have been openly critical of racial nativism — essentially because I have felt something precious slipping away from me and from our political and intellectual landscape. I have spoken out whenever our government deployed race to show callous indifference to the suffering of people with HIV/Aids, or the people of Zimbabwe, or victims of crime, or to shut down those who have opposed its policies. I have often been compelled to say this is not how it was supposed to be.”

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