KhoiSan people demand return of identity

The Gauteng Khoi and San Council has handed over a memorandum to the Gauteng premier.

Khoi & San people handing over a memorandum of grievances to Premier's office in Johannesburg CBD. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Khoi and San people in Gauteng on Thursday demanded to be treated with dignity, saying they wanted their identity to be returned.

The Gauteng Khoi and San Council has handed over a memorandum to the Gauteng Government saying it will no longer keep quiet.

The peaceful exchange took place outside the Premier's office in the Johannesburg CBD with David Makhura being given 14 days to respond.

The Khoi and San Council says its people are tired of being forgotten and exploited.

The council's San Mark says while there are KhoiSan people living in absolute poverty the true discrimination is that their identities have been removed.

Among their demands are the reclassification of the KhoiSan people's race and the inclusion of their indigenous language to the official languages of the country.

Mark says while President Jacob Zuma has promised to help the KhoiSan people reclaim their identities for years this has just been lip service.