Let’s not only unite in Heritage Month
I believe that racism is a moral catastrophe and it should be rejected with the contempt it deserves. I must also admit that it is always a good experience to see a united South Africa during Heritage Month (September).
I see people embracing one another, wearing traditional attires and sharing their traditional meals.
In his first month of office, former president Nelson Mandela proclaimed: “Each of us is as intimately attached to the soil of this beautiful country as are the famous jacaranda trees of Pretoria and the mimosa trees of the bushveld a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world.”
The mistake we mostly make is to embrace one another only during the campaigns aimed at fostering social cohesion. Soon after that, we go back to our usual ways of discrimination based on race, culture or ethnicity.
Why don’t we completely stop hurling insults and ridiculing one another simply because we are of different races or speak different languages?
Our different races, cultures, languages and traditions combine to beautify our country just like flowers with different colours in the garden.
Social cohesion is very important as it helps us to embrace and acknowledge each others’ existence and makes us realise that we need each other for survival. No race or language is superior to the other, so we must bear in mind that although we do things differently, we are all human first.
Racial and cultural intolerance will surely take us backwards. Let us all learn to be like crayons: although they are of different colours, they have learned to live together peacefully in the same box. Happy Heritage Month.
Malphia Honwane, Gottenburg eManyeleti