Racism is a disease, it is time to let go

By : Sthembile Shabalala

South Africa is labelled as a democratic state, where every citizen has a right to exercise their democratic Rights as enshrined in our constitution.  It has been 20 years since South Africa gained its freedom and got released from the chains of oppression and discrimination.  However our country still has unresolved issues when it comes to implementation of a true democratic principal and non- racialism.

 It is clear that people have not come to terms with the fact that we are a new rainbow nation. There should never be incident that is inclined .  Our people are still caught up in the past, which goes against everything our heroes and heroines believed in, what our Madiba’s, Sisulu’s and Tambo’s died for.  

Nelson Mandela said ‘If people can be taught to hate, they can also be taught to love’. It is suprising how people fail to accept one another.  In 1995 when the Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC) was established it aimed not at only finding the truth and grating amnesty to people who had violated human Right during the Apartheid era, but also to reconcile South Africa as a new rainbow nation.  It was to bring unity where there will be no division along racial lines, but where there would be a complex where every citizen will be equal and enjoy every basic Human Rights.

Racism is a cruel and ruthless practise that is to remain in the past.  People are failing to accept one another. This is not only how whites treat Blacks but how Blacks treat whites as well.

Some people argue that we live in a democratic non racialism- nation, Viwe Boyce a Cost Management Accounting student at DUT believes racism does still exist.

 “We will never be an equal nation it is clear that whites will always have the best life, the best jobs and best houses. It is even more painful because we as blacks tend to oppress each other and step on other people’s toes just to get to the top”. said Boyce

One of the greatest heroes who believed in black pride and self reliance is Steve Biko once said ‘we will never remove the ideology of superiority and inferiority unless we are psychologically minded.  He meant that for a very long time that is what we were taught that a Black man is nothing , a white man will always be above that is why we have to remove that inferiority in our minds first.

It is very saddening that after so long throughout the years of struggle against Apartheid we have people who are still obsessed with such behaviour. We still are a divided nation where a person is judged because of skin colour.

Nomkhosi Cele says South Africa is now a better country than it was back in the years of oppression and discrimination.

“I could not sit in the same area with a white person; I could not even stand next to a white person. It was not allowed. if we were been caught  in the same line with them, we would have been jailed. Things are different now, I am proud of the people who fought for the freedom that we have. That period of Apartheid was a cruel time in our country therefore it should stay in the books of history.” Said Mrs Cele

The time is now to let go of the past, to live together as one and be the kind of nation that the people who paved the way for our Freedom would be proud of.  We owe it to them to commemorate and honour their memory by standing together ad celebrating their selfless struggle throughout the tragic time in South Africa’s history.

John Cryink 2014-08-18 12:24:22 PM
This comment is racist.
Kathy Burger Hellyar 2014-08-18 12:31:08 PM
Whites only have the best of what they have worked for. They have not been handed everything on a platter as most blacks believe/think that they have, but who expects everything to be handed to them on a platter.
Richard Cypher 2014-08-18 12:31:17 PM
Whipping out the race card at every possible opportunity is also a disease.
andileh.czwe 2014-08-18 12:38:51 PM
Well written....our selfless fredom fighter deserve to be honoured by doing right we came long way apprecaition without complain definitely wont hurt....may Spirit of ubuntu live forever in south africa
Stephen Townshend 2014-08-18 12:43:28 PM
How are we to "live together as one" in a non-racial democracy if the Constitution itself makes provision for race-based discrimination? This article uses the phrase "It is clear..." a little too frequently, so I will merely add to it by saying it is clear that the Constitution needs to be amended before true non-racialism can be achieved. It is therefore also clear that (racial) double standards are commonplace in both private and public life. Ironically, just like apartheid. Furthermore it is clear to me that the common man does not benefit much from these entrenched double standards, but instead only the political parties do. How convenient for them. The ANC needs to foster institutionalised racism for its continued existence. Deal with it.
Kallie Karnallie 2014-08-18 12:48:04 PM
Oppression of minorities and discrimination in the workplace has been taken to a whole new level by the ANC. Case in point: BBBEEE
JP Mhle Ngcongo 2014-08-18 12:59:17 PM
I hate racial posts. I just wish we can just do things silently without playing the race cards. gee!
John Hancock 2014-08-18 01:21:26 PM
AA BBBEE PPPFA Even our alphabet is racist it seems.
Wehr Wulf 2014-08-18 01:29:13 PM
AA, BEE, quotas - racist laws based on skin colour. You want Whites to play nice housey in SA while being discriminated against? No thanks.
CraigJoseph 2014-08-18 01:48:13 PM
In theory, a truly non racial SA would be amazing. In practise though, the racial rhetoric will always be a constant. Until such time as fair business and ethical practices are followed, there will always be an element of distrust and resentment toward one another.