How do we fight trib­al­ism?

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Ezekia Si­wela Gaut­eng Par­lia­ment must for­mu­late a law that de­clares trib­al­ism and racism to be crim­i­nal of­fences, with each car­ry­ing a pri­son sen­tence of at least 15 years. Mokubung North­ern Cape South Africans did not man­date the state to im­ple­ment the de­mar­ca­tions at Vuwani. Gov­ern­ment must act demo­crat­i­cally by con­sult­ing with the af­fected com­mu­ni­ties as a col­lec­tive – in­clud­ing tra­di­tional and civic groups – and make a de­ci­sion based on the ma­jor­ity vote. The peo­ple will gov­ern. Enos Free State Trib­al­ism is a time bomb that is set to ex­plode. Those who talk about it are dis­par­aged, while those who prac­tise it are given free rein. Visit gov­ern­ment de­part­ments in Lim­popo, and you will find one tribal group – from the chief di­rec­tor to the cleaner. Go to Tsh­wane po­lice, and you will see that more than 90% be­long to one tribal group. More needs to be done to ad­dress this. Tony Lim­popo I agree that trib­al­ism is a seething threat. In the Lim­popo vil­lage where I come from, Ga-Masha­bela (as well as in Lekelela and Dipha­gane), this phe­nom­e­non is rife. Our peo­ple re­ceive court in­ter­dicts pro­hibit­ing them from bury­ing their loved ones just be­cause they be­long to a dif­fer­ent tribe. Rose­line Mon­vai Gaut­eng Mala­mulele res­i­dents asked for their own mu­nic­i­pal­ity that would ac­com­mo­date only Xit­songa speak­ers. Now why must Venda peo­ple be part of it? Vuwani res­i­dents never asked for the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. The state must sort this out.

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