Ihad the most delightful beach holiday in Cape Town in December. Beach crawling, we swam in Monwabisi, Muizenberg, Froggy Pond and in the Dalebrook tidal pool. The water was balmy summer warm; crashing waves and a gentle current.
The beaches were packed – I love them that way, a wonderful cornucopia of South Africa on holiday.
Cape Town’s beaches are a pristine public service – it all works for the holiday-makers. Toilets are cleaned 24/7 and its ice-cold showers on black and brown beach bodies are a treat. The life-savers are an asset.
So, when I landed back home and switched on my phone to Penny Sparrow calling beachgoers “monkeys”, it made me resolve that while we strive for nonracialism, the path to that is to be intolerant of any racism. There must be intolerance for the small and the big – the systemic acts of racial oppression and prejudice.
It is not always easy and it can pit you against people you care about, so insouciant and everyday is our racism. So I have found several times this year already.
Dan Retief is a journalist of skill and dexterity – he has taught me a lot about journalism and rugby. I have enjoyed his work in our pages and our readers have been enriched by his excellent insights into rugby.
But his tweet last Sunday was intolerable to City Press, which is built on the principles of black and African excellence, and of anti-racism and nonracialism. His work will no longer be appearing in City Press.