Arts and culture minister tackles Xenophobia

By Drum Digital
13 March 2015

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa spent the day at a social cohesion Imbizo in Chatsworths, North of Durban to tackle issues of Xenophobia and ethnicity.

Speaking to a packed youth centre hall Mthethwa told the Chatsworth community that the increasing incidences of social ills in society are a cause for great concern.

The minister was at the same time happy that this poignant meeting was taking place in Chatsworths where people from different parts of the world are living in harmony.

“This is a good place to start,” he said.

“Chatsworth has the biggest community, with Indian people living in harmony with South Africans from different ethnic groups, and other people from outside our borders including Zanzibar, Pakistan, and Zimbabwean, in harmony,” he explained.

The minister’s wish is for other parts of the country to take lessons from the Chatsworth community.

“Chatsworth is a true example of what we need to look at to understand Social cohesion. It is a home for everyone. I hope that this has a positive trickledown effect to other societies,” he said.

He encouraged people to always remember who they are and where they come from and to engage deeply in dialogue about where they come from to stop xenophobia.

“The crafting of the social compact will contribute to the promotion of a culture of dialogue, accords and commitments across society as part of our national effort to build a social compact for unity in diversity; harmonious relations across race and growth and development,” he explained.

Musician Simphiwe Dana who was also part of the event said she would like to teach people to tolerate each other and bring peace in the country. “People must know we are all brothers and sisters. There is no Kwerekwere (foreigner) here,” said Dana.

BY: Futhi Mbhele

PICTURES: Siya Meyiwa

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