"Mandela, Sisulu and Kathrada’s generation have done their bit to conceptualise and shape the development of a non-racial South Africa. This Anti-Racism Week, we should all be asking ourselves what we are doing today to ensure that post-apartheid racism is challenged in all its forms. We should recommit to #TakeOnRacism with greater determination. It is the least we can do, so that our children will one day know that we were also a generation that cared."
By Zinzile Mavuso
The Anti-Racism Network South Africa (ARNSA) held a round table discussion on June 30 at the Nelson Mandela Foundation to discuss the role of sports in combating racism. Communications Intern, Zinzile Mavusa attended the meeting and shares her insights.
Aimed at exploring the opportunities of sports and its cohesive culture as a catalyst to address the issue of racism, the discussion session proved to be both informative and inclusive in the endeavours of the network.
If there’s a particular slogan that best characterises crude racism, it’s the National Party’s 1948 election tagline: “Die kaffirs en boesmans op hulle plek, die koelies uit die land.”
Subsequent to the National Party’s election victory, the intention behind this slogan was to import legislation from Hitler’s Germany. Laws such as the Immorality Act and the Group Areas Act may have had different names in Germany, but they reflected the same legislated racism of the Third Reich.
The word ‘k**f*r’, despite being outlawed in South Africa today, is evidently still in use. It retains all the maliciousness and hatred that it encapsulated during apartheid.
By Crain Soudien
South Africa is to have a formal inquiry into racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination in textbooks. Minister of Basic Education, Ms Angie Motshekga, announced in February 2016 that she had appointed a Ministerial Committee to look at these issues.
She asked the Committee to evaluate a broad sample of textbooks and learning and teaching support material in use in the country for their content – how were they dealing with diversity, she wanted to know.