Oblit­er­ate racism in our democ­racy

The Mercury - - OPINION -

FORTY years ago Steve Biko was mur­dered by the apartheid se­cu­rity ser­vices.

Emo­tional wounds resur­face even af­ter years have passed.

The many years of racial seg­re­ga­tion thus con­tinue to have a heavy im­pact to­day.

One can see the need for ap­pro­pri­ate repa­ra­tion in these ac­counts from South Africans of past and present for the hor­rors in­flicted on the masses, which spanned many years of tor­ment and hu­mil­i­a­tion.

Racism is an in­cip­i­ent crim­i­nal­ity. Pun­ish it harshly. Preach­ing supremacy and prac­tis­ing racism are re­pug­nant and against the val­ues we, as a civilised so­ci­ety, hold dear.

We must fin­ish beloved Nelson Man­dela’s work by oblit­er­at­ing every ves­tige of racism in our demo­cratic so­ci­ety.

Racism is present in the acts and at­ti­tudes of many to­day.

It is present in the in­sti­tu­tional residue of past choices.

FAROUK ARAIE Benoni

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