CPUT signs Cape Town's anti-racism pledge

2016-04-18 17:43
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Cape Town – Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille on Monday welcomed the Cape Peninsula University of Technology's (CPUT) commitment to fight racism.

Dean of Students Cora Motale and SRC president Sibusiso Thwala signed the City's inclusive city/anti-racism pledge.

The Inclusive City Campaign was launched on Human Rights Day last year.

"The objective of the... campaign is to condemn racism publicly and promote a culture of rights awareness. The majority of South Africans are not racists, but there is a minority who are," De Lille said in a statement.

She said the university approached the City a few weeks ago to sign a pledge to show their commitment to fighting racism.

"Today CPUT joined us in saying: 'Do not let racists speak for you'."

During the second phase of the campaign launched in February, councillors hosted dialogues about racism in their communities.

De Lille said she had joined dialogues in Gugulethu and Heideveld.

Other sessions were hosted in Delft, Bishop Lavis, Bonteheuwel, Valhalla Park, Montana and Charlesville, Muizenberg, Kuils River, Uitsig, Lenteguer and Somerset West.

The mayor would be meeting the Cape Higher Education Consortium and vice chancellors this week to update universities about phase two of the campaign.

The City would also make their materials available for them to use.

"I also reiterate my call to all civil society bodies and residents to be mindful of the task at hand. Let us take hands, reverse the wrongs of the past and build a society where freedom, fairness and opportunity for all is realised," she said.

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