Will blacks in South Africa ever be free of racial abuse?
Acts of racism really irritate me, they really work me up. The latest incident of white Afrikaner males who saw it necessary and fit to put a black man, Rethabile Mlotshwa, in a coffin and threaten to set it alight, for what they call trespassing, added more resentment in my heart.
I ask myself whether any change will happen in South Africa where race is concerned. Whether as a black person I will forever have to apologise for who I am. That for a white person to still feel like BAAS; they have to abuse a black person. I’m really tired of it. I think its bout time we fought back, It is clear that the integrated society that we wanted after 1994, was only an illusion.
Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Martins Jackson appeared in court yesterday and did not apply for bail.
Yes, we have radio and television discussions on race and nothing changes, people are taken to court and charged and yet it does not deter racist white South Africans from staying true to who really are.
This video of the incident has now gone viral
Please do not get me wrong, I’m not at all saying all white people a racist. Like I always say some of my favourite people are white. Those people I will always cherish, because they didn’t look at me and see a “skepsel “who was there for them to abuse.
I am encouraged though by efforts made by government to address the racism scourge. From what I understand more time has been allocated to the public to make submissions on the proposed new law to stop hate crimes and hate speech.
The department of justice and constitutional development announced that “due to public and stakeholder interest, the due date for the submission of inputs to the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill has been extended from 1 December 2016 to 31 January 2017,” the department said in a statement.
The department says “The Bill seeks to put in place measures to prevent and combat these offences.”
It clarifies it by saying , A hate crime is committed if a person commits any recognised offence, that is a common law or statutory offence (referred to as the “base crime or offence”) and the commission of that offence is motivated by unlawful bias, prejudice or intolerance,”
Currently, legislative provisions for the prosecution of acts of racism are primarily contained in the Equality Act (2000).
I wonder how much legislation will do to correct this behaviour?
I do hope however that 2017 will paint a different race relations picture in South Africa, otherwise I’m afraid that black people will start to take matters into their own hands and then…
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