HOUGHTON – The recently launched Anti Racism Network South Africa (Arnsa) held a press briefing at the Nelson Mandela Foundation based in Houghton to announce that an anti-racism week will be held from 14 to 21 March.
The aim of the week is to improve social cohesion in the country and to eradicate racism, once and for all.
Chief operating officer of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Sello Hatang, opened the briefing by reiterating the continual negative effects racism was having on South African citizens.
“The time to deal with these issues is now,” said Hatang.
“We need to deal with these issues in a structural, systematic and transformational fashion.
“We cannot undo the past, but we now have a unique opportunity to build a better future here, together.”
Facilitation of Arnsa was aided by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation; and numerous civil society formations, individuals and governmental institutions have pledged their allegiance to the initiative.
“I feel that there has been a fundamental lack regarding leadership in the fight against racism,” said spokesperson for the foundation, Neeshan Bolton.
“We will make Arnsa a mass movement.”
The main speaker at the event was Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, who emphasised the urgent need to address the matter of national unity. “In supporting this initiative, we are building a road to non-racialism. These efforts need to continue with devotion, we must continue on this path because we are going to succeed,” said Mthethwa.
“We need to make this contribution [to society] now, so that our children and their children after them, have better lives.”