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Opinion: 'People are quick to accept rainbow-ism without acknowledging the past'

8 February 2018 9:54 AM
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University of Pretoria
Race
Rainbow nation
De Goede Hoop Koshuis

Bongani Bingwa comments on two white-only student residences banned from taking part in any of UP's traditional competitions.

Two Afrikaans-only student residences in Pretoria have been banned from taking part in any of the University of Pretoria’s traditional competitions because of their failure to transform.

The Sonop residence and De Goede Hoop, both privately-owned student housing complexes, have been riddled with controversy.

A probe was launched into De Goede Hoop by the CRL Commission last year, following complaints about its admissions criteria. The residence is said to be exclusively for Afrikaans and Christian students.

702's Bongani Bingwa says a ban from university activities is not enough.

I do want to reiterate the point that we live in a society in which we have had to deal with the pain from the past, and quite often people are ready to accept rainbow-ism and a kumbaya moment without really acknowledging the hurts of the past.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast show host

And anytime you want to tell people not to get emotional about this, tell people who come from a history of being at the receiving end of this prejudice. Anytime you want to tell women to not get emotional about #MeToo, you are barking up the wrong tree.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast show host

Instead of telling people not to get emotional about these things perhaps you have got to look at what it is people are responding to.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast show host

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8 February 2018 9:54 AM
Tags:
University of Pretoria
Race
Rainbow nation
De Goede Hoop Koshuis

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