Social cohesion lacking, says Mthethwa

JOHANNESBURG, 22 January 2016 – Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa says it’s time to move beyond anger and outrage about racism and rather build social cohesion. Racists though should be punished. Video: eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa says it’s time to move beyond anger and outrage over racism.

He has suggested putting in place concrete plans to build social cohesion but also punish racists.

Mthethwa was addressing a meeting of Social Cohesion Advocates on Thursday.

The group aims to develop a plan to help people change attitudes.

Retired judge Yvonne Mokgoro, Social Cohesion Advocates chairperson, says one of the key drivers of division, is the fact that some people feel excluded by policies aimed at economic redress.

"Emphasise the psychological aspect of Black Economic Empowerment, people need to understand," she said.

"And I think many don't understand the need because the way the way we implement them, we push people away and say not you! Only us!

"There is a need and it is possible to take people along and say you see, this is why."

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