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Since mov­ing to Hart­beespoort, I am re­minded ev­ery day of the colour of my skin. It’s the looks of anger, dis­gust and as­sump­tions based on what I have, that “You work for Zuma”. I am a hard-work­ing black woman in the pri­vate sec­tor and I have white housewives as neigh­bours who ap­proach me and ask: “What do you do?” Noth­ing great is good for a black per­son, there are prices for blacks and whites from ser­vice providers. I am ready for words of war for ev­ery snotty com­ment I get. I am sick­ened to the core. E Hol­l­i­day Western Cape As a white, born in the apartheid era, hav­ing lived part of it, I ab­so­lutely refuse to be held re­spon­si­ble for the sins of my fore­fa­thers, just as “to­day’s” blacks can­not be held re­spon­si­ble for the sins of their fore­fa­thers. Jo­han van Solms Gaut­eng The Con­sti­tu­tion pro­tects all races against marginal­i­sa­tion. Why should I have to de­fend my white­ness? Good and bad does not come from skin colour. Let’s talk about build­ing and go­ing for­ward. This rot­ten sub­ject serves no pur­pose ex­cept for peo­ple who still have ha­tred and sor­row run­ning through their veins. Mnce­disi Kupiso Gaut­eng They have the right to ex­press their feel­ings. We are a demo­cratic coun­try, but they must un­der­stand that they still own 85% of land and they still have more priv­i­leges in the work­place, courts and in busi­ness than the poor black ma­jor­ity in South Africa.

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