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South Africans must help free racists from their burden of hatred - Mthethwa

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has said the liberation struggle wasn’t just to free black people from racism, but to free racists of the burden of their hatred.

Speaking at an event on race and social cohesion, Mthethwa urged South Africans to work collectively in a bid to strengthen nation-building.

Mthethwa explained that the country must take a multi-pronged approach to tackling racism and intolerance.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

A lot of work and energy goes into hating someone else and we need to be helping those people to lessen the burden.

Nathi Mthethwa, Minister of Arts and Culture

All of us in South Africa should embark on a programme to help those who feel superior, to help themselves out of a very stressful life and thinking.

Nathi Mthethwa, Minister of Arts and Culture

As Madiba said, no one is born a racist. People can be taught to be loving and non-racial.

Nathi Mthethwa, Minister of Arts and Culture

"If people can be taught to hate, they can be taught to love as well. We will never tire to engage society.

Nathi Mthethwa, Minister of Arts and Culture

We also have to look at regulating this kind of intolerance.

Nathi Mthethwa, Minister of Arts and Culture

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