KZN anti-racism march 'heartening' - MEC

2016-01-11 17:15
Ravi Pillay

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Durban – The ANC's peaceful protest against racism is not pitted against one person, but against racism in its entirety.

These were the sentiments echoed by KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Human Settlements Ravi Pillay who joined almost 300 people in an anti-racism march in Scottburgh on Monday.

The campaign, under the theme "Enough is enough", comes after former Scottburgh estate agent Penny Sparrow took to social media to label black beachgoers monkeys.

Speaking to News24, Pillay said instances of racism were a reminder of our past.

"We have a deep painful history in our country and we cannot take brazen racism lightly. Many have died for our freedom and it is our responsibility to maintain it. We are fortunate to have come from such a strong leadership in the ANC where a historic document like the Freedom Charter emerged."

Pillay said people gathering to peacefully protest racist behaviour meant South Africans were standing up and rejecting racism.

"The mood of this march has been heartening with people from all walks of life in attendance. There is a repeated expression of tolerance and understanding. There is also a number of different race groups and young people who have decided to make their mark today.

"Today [Monday] we have rejected racism and ensured that the South Africa that goes forward will be a strong, tolerant one."

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