Baloyi calls for united SA

Minister Richard Baloyi has urged South Africans to unite and respect one another.

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi is seen at a news conference in Johannesburg on 23 July 2012. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi on Friday appealed to South Africans to work together to create a country free of prejudice.

The minister was speaking at the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities conference in Pretoria.

Baloyi said respecting the rights of others was mutually beneficial and would create a better South Africa.

"You will enjoy who you are if you create an environment for others to enjoy who they are without fearing you."

He said the country belongs to all who live in it.

"We emerge from communities that are distinct. While these distinct communities will always know is that there's no specific Republic of South Africa for a particular community."

Delegates will discuss problems faced by the various religious, cultural and linguistic groups and seek solutions.