'Daily dialogue can help fight racism'

Mamphela Ramphele says society at large should be engaged in conversations to fight racism.

Mamphela Ramphela addressing Agang SA members at the Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg on Sunday 23 February 2014. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Former Agang leader Mamphela Ramphele said an initiative aimed at fighting racism won't fix the day to day occurrences of the problem, but can drive the national conversation around it.

Ramphele along with Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa attended the campaign launch by the anti-racism network yesterday.

The Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada foundations are facilitating anti-racism week which will run from 14 to 21 March.

Ramphele said these organisations along with society in general should help in addressing the scourge.

"To put this anti-racism action on the national agenda is not about what they do, it's about how we act in a way that fights racism. You can't fight racism out there if you feel inferior as a black person."