Non-racialism an elusive dream - Makhura

Johannesburg - Non-racialism in the country remains an elusive dream despite progress made in the past 20 years, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said on Friday.

"We all agree that the challenges that still face our country are immense," he told a provincial social cohesion summit in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg.

"Blacks, women, and youth carry a disproportionate burden of the historical injustices of social and economic exclusion and the associated social pathologies, such as the crime and corruption plague [in the country]."

Makhura said racial attitudes were hardening and there was a growing mistrust between blacks and whites.

"Blacks and whites feel they can never trust each other."

Violence crimes

This was one of the issues the summit had to discuss.

Makhura spoke about other areas of concern which needed to be discussed.

The first was the increased levels of violent crimes.

This undermined nation-building and social cohesion, he said.

The second was corruption and citizen alienation.

"Corruption and bad treatment of citizens by public servants contribute to the high level of trust deficit between government and citizens," Makhura said.

Foreign nationals

There was also an increasing xenophobic negative sentiment against foreign nationals.

"Even the middle class is blaming their problems on foreign nationals. There's such a negative feeling towards foreign nationals, whether they are law-abiding citizens or not."

Despite all this, Makhura said South Africans were resilient.

"The more challenges we face, the more determined we become to triumph. Together we shall overcome."

The province would work to become a beacon of an equal, just and inclusive society, he said.

The country needed to stand together to fight the problems.

"We can make poverty, hunger, illiteracy, disease and crime history if we mobilise all the resources of our nation," Makhura said.

"As we work together to heal our nation from the pain and divisions of our past, we must face the future with confidence."

Anton Pillay 2014/08/22 01:27:19 PM
PREMIERS should stick to policy and strategic planning, not "idiotology"
daniellibica 2014/08/22 01:27:50 PM
KevinKing 2014/08/22 01:30:02 PM
So "Crime and corruption are Apartheid's fault"... And most whites (56%) said they trusted blacks while the vast majority of blacks (73%) said they would never trust whites. So where would you start: 73% making up 80% of the population or 44% making up only 10% of the population?
Miles Lancmore 2014/08/22 01:30:38 PM
Talk ,talk and talk but no action,PAY BACK THE MONEY.
CraigJoseph 2014/08/22 01:31:06 PM
Well according to the last report, the mistrust that blacks have toward whites has increased and the mistrust that whites have toward blacks have decreased. Racism replacing racism. Good job!
Motofogo Mulilo 2014/08/22 01:36:26 PM
Its Tutu's fault.
Eric Torr 2014/08/22 01:37:14 PM
Racism has increased due to AA, BEE as well as BBBEE. Thrown into this mix is Cosatu as well as Julies Malema with his quota of racism and nationalisation and expropriation. Do I trust the ANC government? NO!!!!!
Lionel Kritzinger 2014/08/22 01:39:32 PM
Well the ANC has created their own APARTHEID. Racism is on the increase in SA wether they like it or not. Only whites are labelled as racist. Just see commenta made before..we must rid the country of the cANCer!
PaasHaas 2014/08/22 01:46:08 PM
Lets ignore the elephant in the room - Zuma, Nkandla, etc. and deflect attention to something like racism. Notice the pattern here, Blade & Gwede yesterday, Makhura today.
Andrew John Becker 2014/08/22 01:47:51 PM
Well maybe the problem is politicians that always bring the race issue to the forefront because they do not have the mental capacity or intestinal fortitude to deal with the real issues. Race is not a issue, we turn it into one - it is laughable that 92% of the population feels done in by 8% who aren't even in power. If some o e calls a black person a K they should just laugh it off and call him something back. Everyone should stop trying to promote this Politically Correct business and cry human rights infringement etc etc. Let's rather call each other what we want, when we want to and make fun of ourselves and others. If some gets offended by this then they can run home to their mommy. FFS people we are SOUTH AFRICANS. We might not always like and understand each other but we can still stand together. The problem is not race, racism or even religion. It is culture. And I don't mean all that Groot Trek or Impi Warrior or Forefather stuff. That's got it's place. The culture(s) I'm talking about are the four main groups in our society. 1. Those that love this country and even though they do not always get along or understand each other, they still work together to make this a better place. 2. Those that just want power so that they can take from the honest people and improve their own lives, while preaching to everyone about morality and the like. 3. Those that are just out to disrupt and create chaos under the banner of freedom and human rights. 4. Those that are too scared or useless to have an opinion. Unfortunately most Saffas fall into categories 2 to 4.