Rainbow nation image papered over the hurt: Buthelezi

2016-01-20 20:30
Mangosuthu Buthelezi (News24)

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Cape Town - The Rainbow Nation image was “foisted” on South Africa without healing the rifts, hurts and division between its people, IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi said on Wednesday.

“We just papered over them,” said Buthelezi at an alternative State of the Nation address hosted by the Cape Town Press Club.

“And although we have had 22 years to get used to one another, it is all too easy to divide us again with a few irresponsible statements.”

Buthelezi said the divisions between people were highlighted not only by the “Penny Sparrows in our midst”, but by politicians with an agenda of revolution.

He did not agree with President Jacob Zuma that racism was being blown out of proportion, nor did he agree with EFF leader Julius Malema that “all whites are racist”.

He saw South Africa as more of a salad with separate ingredients, rather than all ingredients reduced in a soup.

“A tomato is a tomato. A lettuce is a lettuce,” he told the mostly white guests at the lecture, while members of the country club at which the function was held, played croquet outside.

But he believed that just as it was irresponsible for leaders of the past to ignore people's differences, it is irresponsible for present leaders to capitalise on them and open up social divisions.

A Facebook post by Sparrow at the beginning of the year describing black beachgoers as monkeys took the lid off pent up anger over racism in South Africa.

The ANC has also labelled a giant anti-Zuma banner in Cape Town as racist.

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