Editor’s note

CityPress - - Voices - BY FE­RIAL HAF­FA­JEE

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.

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