A MOTION FOR THE HOUSE
Doug Blackmur West Beach, Cape Town, Western Cape
Irefer to the appalling manifestations of racism recently. Names such as Matthew Theunissen and Velaphi Khumalo spring to mind. I call on all political parties to agree to the urgent introduction of the following motion for debate in Parliament, the provincial legislatures and the municipal councils:
“In the interests of national healing, reconciliation and the continued growth of South Africa as a democratic, nonracist, nonsexist, fair and prosperous nation, this House offers an unconditional apology to all South Africans, and to those citizens of other countries who endured mistreatment, grief, loss, suffering, deprivation, pain, and a denial of human rights and dignity under the apartheid state.
“This House further calls on all who benefited unjustly from apartheid to henceforth dedicate their skills, knowledge, resources, privileges and goodwill to the task of nation-building, and to acknowledge, with pride and commitment to the future, that South Africa belongs to all who live in it.”
If all political parties do not agree to such a debate, then the ANC should introduce the motion on its own initiative.