S. African ruling party calls for unity, non-racialism

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Thursday reiterated its call for South Africans to fight racism and build a united country.


“The ANC calls on all South Africans to move beyond merely identifying racism as a persisting challenge to uniting in action, and to completely eradicate it together with all other forms of discrimination,”ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said.

For this purpose, the ANC is organising a march against racism, Mantashe said at a media briefing held at the party’s Luthuli House headquarters in Johannesburg.

All is now set for the march against racism scheduled for Friday in Pretoria, he said.

The march, which focuses on promotion of unity and democratic values in the country, will end at President Jacob Zuma’s offices at the Union Buildings where a memorandum is going to be delivered, Mantashe said.

The march, he said, is not a protest but a call on South Africans to stand up and say no to racism.

“Our expectation is that South Africans everywhere they are will continue engaging on our collective responsibility to build a united South Africa,” said Mantashe.

He said the march was importance in reminding South Africans to reflect on the country’s ideals of unity and non-racialism.

Racial tension has recently increased in South Africa, following anti-black comments on the social media. It all started when Penny Sparrow, an estate agent, labelled blacks as “monkeys”.

Mantashe said racial comments like this cannot continue.

“The resurgence of this scourge reverses our gains, and thus the ANC calls for action by all South Africans to fight for unity, non-racialism and democracy,” he said. Enditem.

Source: Xinhua

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