ANC calls on SA to eradicate racism together

The ANC will deliver a memorandum to mobilise South Africans to stand against all forms of discrimination.

FILE: ANC members dance and sing down Buitenkant Street in Cape Town after holding an anti-racism march outside of the DA headquarters: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has called on all South Africans to move beyond identifying racism as an ongoing problem, but to unite and completely eradicate it, together with all other forms of discrimination.

The ruling party is holding a briefing in Johannesburg this afternoon ahead of its march to the Union Buildings tomorrow for unity, non-racialism and democracy.

The ANC says it will also be delivering a memorandum to mobilise South Africans to stand against all forms of discrimination.

The party says it's very disturbed by the recent incidents of racism which have gripped the country disguised at times as 'freedom of speech'.

ANC General Secretary Gwede Mantashe says all South Africans, black and white, should contribute to the ongoing transformation of the country.

The ANC says the country needs to heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights.

INCIDENTS OF RACISM

At the beginning of the year, economist Chris Hart tweeted that 'More than 25 years after Apartheid ended, the victims are increasing along with a sense of entitlement and hatred towards minorities….'

His tweet was met with anger and he was suspended from his job at Standard Bank.

In another incident, real estate agent Penny Sparrow referred to black beachgoers as 'monkeys' in a Facebook post, which sparked national outrage.

Criminal charges were laid by the public against Sparrow.

Radio DJ, Gareth Cliff in a tweet, wrote that "people don't understand free speech at all".

He received criticism for the comment - with many labelling him a racist. He later apologised, saying he in no way condones racism and has a lot to learn.

Last week, veteran sports journalist Dan Retief posted racial comments on Twitter regarding the Proteas's victory.

Proteas Captain AB de Villiers scored an unbeaten 101 to help his side claim victory over England at Newlands during the final one day international in the five-match series.

Retief then tweeted: "South Africa carried to victory by two white Afrikaners - politicians and media commentators take note - for what it is worth."