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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.

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