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Ramaphosa calls for unity in fight against racism

Cyril Ramaphosa says government has taken a number of ‘concrete steps’ to deal with racism.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa responding to questions in National Assembly, Parliament, Cape Town, on 05 November 2014. Picture: GCIS.
racism,Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa
Local Politics

CAPE TOWN - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for unity in the fight against racism, saying it will take a collective effort to rid the country of the scourge.

He’s answering questions in the National Assembly this afternoon, the first of which concerned social cohesion.

Ramaphosa says government has taken a number of “concrete steps” to deal with racism which says is embedded in the attitudes and actions of some individuals.

“The number of political parties, some of whom are sitting here in Parliament, still has people who are racist within their ranks. We therefore need to act collectively to rid our institutions of racism.”

Last month, the African National Congress (ANC) said it would do everything it could to defend the country’s hard-earned democracy and called on citizens to play a part in the country’s transformation.

Thousands of supporters, led by the ANC’s top brass, marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, against racism and all other forms discrimination.

The party’s Jessie Duarte said the ongoing systematic racism in the country was evidence that the struggle continues for a truly liberated South Africa.

“President Oliver Tambo described racism as one of the great evils of our time.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)      

                                                

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