Right of ad­mis­sion re­served = apartheid

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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.

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