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‘Debates around racism must take place in society’

Baleka Mbete says debates around racism must take place in Parliament, churches, universities and in society.

Baleka Mbete addresses a gathering of ANC supporters at the 104 birthday rally in Grabouw. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN
Baleka Mbete,National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete,Human Rights Commission,South African Human Rights Commission SAHRC
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JOHANNESBURG – National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete says reconciliation will not be achieved if issues of inequality and racism are not urgently addressed.

Mbete was speaking in Midrand yesterday at an event to mark the 20-year anniversary of the Human Rights Commission (HRC).

The HRC is holding a two-day seminar aimed at highlighting its role in society.

Mbete says debates around racism must take place in Parliament, churches, universities and in society.

She told delegates it's within the chambers of Parliament where leadership must be demonstrated, adding the country can't move forward if Members of Parliament (MPs) keep tearing each other down.

Meanwhile Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says this conference is being held at a time when the country is faced by a number of social ills.

Former President Thabo Mbeki is expected to deliver today's keynote address as the conference draws to a close.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)


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