Political parties must rid themselves of racists – Ramaphosa

2016-03-02 17:30
(Leon Sadiki, City Press)

(Leon Sadiki, City Press)

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Cape Town – Political parties should act to get rid of racists within their ranks, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday.

"A number of political parties, some of whom are sitting here in Parliament, still have people who are racists within their ranks, and therefore we need to act collectively to rid our institutions of racism," he said.

Ramaphosa was answering questions in the National Assembly in Parliament.

Speaking about the government’s initiatives against racism, he said it needed to be removed at an institutional level.

Racism has been in the spotlight around the country since the beginning of 2016 when a former estate agent, Penny Sparrow, referred to black South Africans as monkeys.

Ramaphosa said South Africans in general were not racists, but a few still practised acts of racism. He said institutions and organisations had to work together to fight racism within their ranks.

Ramaphosa said hard measures should be taken against racists, and that fighting the scourge was not up to government alone.

He added that they would continue to preach social cohesion at universities as well, where racism had also been in the spotlight.

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