South Africa should be honest about racism - political analyst

Political analyst Professor Somadoda Fikeni says leisure time and drinking alcohol during the festive season contributes to the number of racist remarks made by people.

These prejudices are there anyway. What is differing is that they're suppressed. During this festive season, in addition to traffic warning of saying don't drink and drive, they might say don't drink and tweet because you may reveal exactly what you think.

Prof. Somadoda Fikeni, political analyst

Fikeni says South Africa is one of the most dishonest societies and has never addressed racism.

Where have you seen a society that has a number of people voting for an apartheid government but once 1994 came, you had a society that was racist without racists.

Prof. Somadoda Fikeni, political analyst

Earlier this year real estate agent Penny Sparrow referred to black people at the beach as monkeys. She was fined R5 000 by the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court in September after pleading guilty to a charge of crimen injuria.

This week a Johannesburg man Ben Sasonof's Facebook post about black Durban beach goers also sparked an outcry about racism.

Listen to the audio below for more analysis from Prof. Somadoda Fikeni...


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