Feb 9, 2023

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PODCAST | The ‘problem of whiteness’ and what SA should be doing about it

Despite the end of apartheid 28 years ago, reports of racist incidents in South African schools are increasing, according to Andre Gaum of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

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In this episode of Politics Weekly, we ask what sustains racism in our society and how we can fight it more effectively.

< p>To ours Host Mike Siluma is joined by Gaum, social commentator and author of Run Racist Run Eusebius McKaiser, and University of KwaZulu-Natal Lecturer in Public Policy and Political Science, Dr. Fikile Vilakazi.

Gaum says the latest SAHRC statistics, compiled from various reports, show an annual increase in human rights violations. Violations related to sexual orientation and race in schools and colleges are a cause for concern.

This week a white student, Theuns du Toit, was suspended from Stellenbosch University for urinating on a black man’s belongings had fellow student, Babalo Ndwayana. Ndwayana claimed the incident was racially motivated based on comments made by Du Toit during the incident. At the same institution, a student was abused for asking for an Indian song at a dance.

McKaiser, Vilakazi and Siluma discuss the tumultuous race relations South Africans continue to experience and our historical dealings with white supremacy has failed our society and what SA should do to undo the trauma caused by “whiteness” and a sense of superiority and exceptionality that often leads to outrageous racism in our everyday lives and institutions.

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