South Africa 30.3.2016 05:00 am

Gauteng govt gears up for racism fight

Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Gauteng Premier David Makhura said the recent outbreak of racial clashes at South African universities was the wake-up call his administration needed to tackle racism in the province.

Speaking at a media briefing in Parktown, Johannesburg, yesterday, Makhura introduced members of the newly-formed eminent group of nation-building and social cohesion champions.

The 18-member group, established by Makhura’s government, will work with civil society to fight racism, xenophobia and other forms of discrimination.

“This team will unravel the institutional, psychological and socio-economic history of racism and xenophobia for the next three years,” said Makhura.

“We are saying we need to mobilise all forces of society to build the momentum for this work. Racism is a big problem 20 years into our democracy.”

The group, chaired by former Constitutional Court Judge Yvonne Mokgoro, includes former Independent Electoral Commission chairperson Brigalia Bam, Frank Chikane and Ray MacCauley, Gcina Malindi, former Gauteng education MEC Mary Metcalfe, Sello Hatang, former IEC commissioner Raenette Taljaard, Roger Jardine and Luli Calinicos.

 

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