Racism is in the DNA of South Africa - Nasheen Balton

Neeshan Balton, executive director Ahmed Kathrada Foundation commented on the recent racism incident where a black man was forced into a coffin by two white men in Mpumalanga province.

Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen appeared in the Middelburg Magistrates Court and abandoned their bail bid on Wednesday.

The two men who were filmed while forcing Rethabile Mlotshwa into a coffin in a video that went viral on social media and threatening to set the coffin alight.

Speaking to CapeTalk/702 Stephen Grootes, Neeshan Balton says "racism is very much the DNA of South Africa and it is not something that is going to go away easily"

The assumption that it was going to automatically evaporate after 1994, its the one that we need to get South Africans to understand that it was false.

Neeshan Balton, Executive Director Ahmed Kathrada Foundation

Racism like any other issues in society, requires dedicated day to day work.

Neeshan Balton, Executive Director Ahmed Kathrada Foundation

I think its going to be with us for as long as we don't have the required approach and institutions to tackle it.

Neeshan Baltan, Executive Director Ahmed Kathrada Foundation

He believes all South Africans, black and white, who stand against racism, should engage in the national conversation.

The conversation looked at 'economic apartheid'.

Bolton spoke about Julias Malema's comment that 'there are certain occupations where you'll never find white people', saying in some cases the workers are there but they are probably have not been employed in those spaces.

He spoke about Mohale City where poor white people are being accommodated, saying those people are playing important roles in that society because of good integration.

Unless people do see people of all colours doing particular jobs they will go back to making assumptions about who can and can't do particular types of jobs.

Neeshan Balton , Executive Director Ahmed Kathrada Foundation

Listen to Neeshan Balton talk about ways of overcoming racism in South Africa:

Read More
BED's decision on math pass level has been misunderstood - Mary Metcalfe

BED's decision on math pass level has been misunderstood - Mary Metcalfe

BED decision applies only to learners who have passed all other subjects and will continue only with maths literacy.

Gender Commission stumped as to why so few women in judicial positions of power

Gender Commission stumped as to why so few women in judicial positions of power

The Commission is calling for a summit on gender transformation in the judiciary to try and find out why the pace is so slow.

20% maths pass mark only on the table for 2016

20% maths pass mark only on the table for 2016

Department of Basic Education says the reduction in maths pass requirement is a once off measure for this year only.

SA based African American poet says racism in US will now rear its head

SA based African American poet says racism in US will now rear its head

Poet and writer Myesha Jenkins living in SA, is unhappy with Trump as American President, fears Obama's work will be overturned.

Stamping out racism needs more than Hate Speech Bill - expert

Stamping out racism needs more than Hate Speech Bill - expert

Founder of Diversi-T, Terry Oakley-Smith, says the proposed new bill is necessary but people need to be educated about racism.

Kgalema Motlanthe: South Africans need to break racial stereotypes

Kgalema Motlanthe: South Africans need to break racial stereotypes

Former Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe talking at the Reporting Race Conference says need to address material causes of racism.