Call for South Africans to unite around national symbols

2016-02-16 11:07
Social development minister Bathabile Dlamini briefs media in parliament on behalf of social cluster (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

Social development minister Bathabile Dlamini briefs media in parliament on behalf of social cluster (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

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Cape Town - With the upsurge of racist incidents this year, all South Africans need to be familiar with symbols which unite the country, the social protection, community and human development cluster said on Tuesday.

"Even though South Africans are generally not racist - there are some among us who are still racist," Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini told reporters in Parliament.

"We encourage all South Africans... to learn to sing and observe the national anthem with respect, fly the national flag with pride and work towards a society free from social, economic [and] class barriers, and racism."

There was a need for national dialogues and community conversations to discuss the importance of building a united nation, social cohesion and eradicating racism, she said.

A national identity campaign was launched earlier this month in Soweto.

"As our nation grows it is important that all South Africans are familiar with the symbols that unite us as a country."

During his State of the Nation Address, President Jacob Zuma said the country needed to confront the "demon of racism".

March 21, Human Rights Day, this year would be commemorated as national day against racism.

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