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The police have responded with timid mild charges against the Maselspoort Resort and Conference Centre racists. The timid actions by the police emboldened the racists. The acts of racism were plain to all who saw the video of the incident. Furthermore, the parents have reported the fact of how racist the acts were. The police who are not trained to understand and combat individual acts of racism, minimise these acts. These acts are not common assault but racist attacks on black children.
It’s an indictment on the ANC that 28 years into democracy South Africa doesn’t have an explicit anti racism law to punish acts of racism. The ANC rule facilitates anti black racism and the opposition parties are equally complicit in empowering racism by going into political coalitions with parties of white supremacy like the DA.
A historically informed legal framework to outlaw racism is long overdue. Such legislation must move from the principle that blacks can’t be racist but are victims of racism. Black First Land First (BLF) has been calling for the criminalisation of racism. In 2018 BLF published its Anti-Racism Bill in an attempt to prompt the ANC to act. Individual acts of racism shall be a reality untill blacks get real power which is predicated on the return of the land and on economic emancipation.
Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee (NCC)
27 December 2022
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