Right of admission reserved = apartheid
Christo Thurston via email Paddy
Harper’s report, “A sea of white faces” (City Press, January 10 2016), confirms that apartheid and separate development have been conquered in the statutes, but in the ebb and flow of our daily lives, the waves of inequality and discrimination are crashing on the shores of reality.
Almost 22 years after the dawn of democracy, we witness that safe havens of racial segregation, based on a common sense of nostalgia for the Group Areas Act, have been established and are still being promoted as supremacist utopias.
Critics may argue that the private ownership of land and property is enshrined under section 25 of the Constitution. However, those who are guilty of race-based discrimination often fail to understand that the right to property and land must never be used to give carte blanche to discriminatory practices.
No individual or organisation may use his, her or its rights to violate human rights.
It is absolutely imperative that South Africans who cherish the values of our hard-won democracy speak out and fight against discriminatory practices that are camouflaged by so-called private membership and the legal jargon of “right of admission reserved”.
Civil society and legislators need to pull out all the stops to destroy the foundations and structures of any organisation that seeks to revive the ghosts of apartheid.