More complaints of racism in Gauteng - report

2015-03-29 14:24


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Johannesburg - According to a flood of racism complaints, Gauteng has been dubbed SA’s most racist province.

The Sunday Times reported that between 2013 and 2014, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) received 260 racism complaints.

SAHRC spokesperson Isaac Mangena told the newspaper that 94 of the complaints came from Gauteng.

KwaZulu-Natal was second highest, with 44 complaints, followed by the Western Cape with 35. Twenty-two complaints came from people in Limpopo, 20 from Mpumalanga, 19 from the Northern Cape, 15 from the Free State, six from North West and five from the Eastern Cape.

Last week race became an issue in Parliament when Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa spoke about incidents where black people were treated badly in restaurants, blocked from booking into certain hotels and found it difficult to rent flats in the Western Cape.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille then demanded Ramaphosa send her evidence of alleged racist incidents which have happened in the city.

"The City of Cape Town is taking the lead in South Africa in addressing these difficult issues of race," she said in an open letter to Ramaphosa.

"I call on you to send me the evidence to back up your claims made in Parliament. I will use that evidence in my engagements and take direct action."

In her letter to the deputy president, De Lille said she launched a campaign to address the issue of racist incidents.

"Over the next few weeks, I will be engaging industry bodies to find ways in which we can prevent these incidents from occurring.

"I take your allegations seriously and ask you to join me in tackling these issues head-on," she wrote to Ramaphosa.

Read more on:    sahrc  |  patricia de lille  |  cyril ramaphosa  |  johannesburg  |  cape town  |  racism

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