Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says the government has no plans to host a summit on racism.
But he says it is working on a draft national plan of action to combat the scourge.
Ramaphosa is answering questions in the National Council of Provinces.
He says the government has taken a number of steps to eradicate the material basis for racism, sexism and class divisions in South Africa.
“The government is not planning a national summit to exclusively deal with racism. Instead, government is supporting a range of initiatives that will address these societal challenges.”
Racism has been under the spotlight following racial rants on social media and racially charged clashes at higher education institutions since last year.
Yesterday, the African National Congress suggested that the country deal with racists by blacklisting them.
At the beginning of the year, economist Chris Hart tweeted that ‘More than 25 years after Apartheid ended, the victims are increasing along with a sense of entitlement and hatred towards minorities….’
His tweet was met with anger and he was suspended from his job at Standard Bank.
In another incident, real estate agent Penny Sparrow referred to black beachgoers as ‘monkeys’ in a Facebook post, which sparked national outrage.
Penny Sparrow Facebook post, calling black people monkeys.
Criminal charges were laid by the public against Sparrow.
Radio DJ, Gareth Cliff in a tweet, wrote that “people don’t understand free speech at all”.
He received criticism for the comment – with many labelling him a racist.
He later apologised, saying he in no way condones racism and has a lot to learn.
Last month, veteran sports journalist Dan Retief posted racial comments on Twitter regarding the Proteas’s victory.
Retief sent the tweet after Proteas Captain AB de Villiers scored an unbeaten 101 to help his side claim victory over England at Newlands during the final one day international in the five-match series.
Source – eyewitness