Topic

Africa

Tags

Sorry there are no tags yet

Author
Cinnamon Carter

Ramaphosa urges South Africans to resist racism sentiments

Ramaphosa urges South Africans to resist racism sentiments

South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday appealed to the nation to resist racist sentiments, following a brawl in parliament over the rights of white legislators to make submissions.  Ramaphosa was addressing parliament to deliver an update on progress made to revive the economy, as well as the fight against crime.


His question and answer session was, however, interrupted by a flurry of fists and insults between legislators of the opposition parties, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Democratic Alliance (DA).  Agang SA legislator Andries Tlouamma was physically attacked by the EFF’s Nazier Paulsen after he defended the right of white people to participate in the session.


Ramaphosa’s appeal

Speaking after the fighting had ended; Ramaphosa said the country cannot afford to return to the raw racism of its apartheid past.  “There should never be a time or an opportunity where we see each other as black, white and so forth and insult one another,” Ramaphosa said.  ‘‘We are South Africans, and this is what defines us.”

Racial tensions in the country have been heightened by the EFF and ruling party’s backing of the policy of redistributing land to black people.  “We cannot go back to that horrible past that we have had. We are a non-racial democracy. And however painful it might be and we still live with the pain that apartheid did we cannot revert to raw racism and separation of ourselves,”the president added.


Ramaphosa’s African National Congress (ANC) plans to change the constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation to address racial disparities in land ownership that persist more than two decades after apartheid’s demise in 1994.

Daniel Mumbere

  

Author
Cinnamon Carter



Things That May Interest You

Similar Stories
Africa

EU blacklists Nigeria, Libya over money laundering, terrorism financing

The European Commission added Saudi Arabia, Panama, Nigeria and other jurisdictions to a blacklist of nations that pose a...

Africa

Where Women Rule and Men are Banned

Umoja Village, Samburu County, Kenya

Africa

Nigeria's leading female aspirant quits presidential race

The leading female candidate in Nigeria’s presidential election said on Thursday she had withdrawn from the race weeks...

Africa

Inside Ramaphosa's Bag of Poli-tricks ahead of South Africa's National Elections

The African National Congress has governed South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994. ANC is hoping to extend its...

Africa

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) elections: Lines and inconvenience for a historic vote

Lines grew as the day progressed at polling stations on Sunday in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where historic...

Africa

Nigeria's Opposition Leader Atiku Signs Elections Peace Pact

Nigeria’s main opposition candidate, Atiku Abubakar signed an election peace pact on Wednesday, saying a ‘communication...

Africa

Buhari Tells Nigerians to Ignore Rumors of His Death and Replacement

Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed allegations that the real head of state died and was replaced by a...

Africa

Uganda Government 'Bribes' Wetland Invaders for Political Reasons

Uganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni has said his government has resorted to bribing people who invade wetlands, because...

Africa

Ethiopia PM's First A.U. Address: African Unity, Reform Support

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed attended his first African Union, A.U., meeting today at the Nelson Mandela Hall at the...

Africa

How Young Entrepreneurs are helping to Boost Black African Farmers

An award-winning app in South Africa is helping emerging small-scale farmers connect with supermarkets by making it easier for...

Things That May Interest You