Sanco reject proposed anti-racism march

IOL NM_Zwakele0 INDEPENDENT MEDIA KZN DA leader Zwakele Mncwango has called for an anti-racism march following racist posts to social media that sparked outrage across South Africa. File photo: Sibonelo Ngcobo

Durban – The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) has rejected the proposal by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to hold an anti-racism march in Durban, saying that such a move would be an “an insult to millions of victims of racism”.

The leader of the DA in KwaZulu-Natal, Zwakele Mncwango, has proposed an anti-racism march in Durban in the wake of the furore caused by racist comments on social media.

But Sanco has angrily rejected the DA suggestion.

“The insensitive march proposed by the DA KZN Chairperson Zwakele Mncwango seeks to mask the Mmusi Maimane facade and unite South Africans behind pretence and falsehood,” said Sanco spokesperson, Jabu Mahlangu, in a statement on Thursday.

Mahlangu said the DA had lost the “moral high ground” to lead an anti-racism march because some of its members had recently made racist comments on social media.

“The party as a bastion of racists should be focusing on internal processes and programmes to rid itself of puppet masters who are longing for H.F Verwoerd and the 1953 Separate Amenities Act to exclude certain sections of the populace from beaches as well as economic empowerment programmes,” he said.

Mahlangu warned that increasing incidents of racism and racial polarisation were reinforcing a perception that non-racialism was on the retreat.

“We need to redouble effort to defeat racism and put nation building, reconciliation and social cohesion on the centre stage of our national discourse.”

Mncwango had suggested an anti-racism march in Durban in the wake of the furore caused by racist comments on social media.

“It is not about the DA, but about South Africans. I will call on all South Africans to come together and unite against racism.”

Mncwango dismissed suggestions on social media platforms that all DA members were racists.

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