Feb 9, 2023

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Justice minister Ronald Lamola calls on South Africans to be antiracism ambassadors

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the birth of the Constitution and Justice and Corrections Minister Ronald Lamola has called on South Africans to be ambassadors for anti-racism.

Speech at the SA National Conference Marking the 20th anniversary of the Third World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Lamola said that the generation of SA cannot in any way repeat the indifference of the past.

We must Be ambassadors of anti-racism in the world. Our generation must be different in every way. We cannot in any way repeat the discrimination of the past. We have inherited a dysfunctional society, but that constitution is something we must prosecute,” Lamola said.

“The inherited psyche of racial, gender, and sexual orientation prejudices and stereotypes that lead to a breakdown in gender values, violence, and Femicide, equal opportunities and widespread poverty must not be what defines our national identity.”

He said Parliament is finalizing the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Act, which will give the state a broader We will take action against hate crimes.

“We need to be more conscious about our next 25 years. We must be that generation that eradicates racism in the hearts of everyone, in every home, in our classrooms, in the workplace, in supermarkets, in queues, in restaurants, and on sports teams and stadiums.”

Lamola said the constitution should not be treated as an association to cover up racial injustices, but as a basis to address deep-seated racial prejudices that continue to play out in our communities.

“Our Constitution is not just a document that we revere . Our constitution is a social contract that obliges us all not to forget our past, but to create an inclusive SA that is non-racist and non-sexist at its core,” he said.

Previously, Lamola challenged parents on “teaching their children love” following an allegedracist incident involving white studentTheuns du Toit urinating on first year student Babalo Ndwayana’s laptop , desk and books.

The Minister asked the University of Stellenbosch to investigate the incident.

“I would gladly take the opportunity to condemn the racist incidents that continue to rear their ugly heads in some high schools and at the University of Stellenbosch.

“The university is allowed to investigate the incident leave nothing unattempted . We all need to send out a clear and unequivocal message that there is no place for racism in our country. Parents need to teach their children love and diversity, not racism,” he said.

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