Race: 'SA is suffering from a trust deficit'

Political analyst Somadoda Fikeni says SA has given itself the wrong accolade by referring to itself as a rainbow nation.

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JOHANNESBURG – There have been renewed calls for conversations to take place about race.

Political analyst Somadoda Fikeni says South Africa has given itself the wrong accolade by referring to itself as a rainbow nation without having these discussions.

This year has seen a variety of racial incidents, from Judge Mabel Jansen, the Sodwana Bay guest house owner Andre Slade, estate agents Vicki Momberg and Penny Sparrow, with a number of others also being reported to the Human Rights Commission for comments in retaliation.

A few days ago, a Facebook user insulted black beachgoers.

Fikeni says South Africa is suffering from a trust deficit and solid leadership is needed.

“The first thing is to have slid leadership at government [and] corporate level; private sector, civil society and in the media; about the issues racial bias, because very often media tends to treat these things differently.”