'White people should be at the forefront of fighting racism'

There are many opinions on the two jail sentence for former estate agent Vicki Momberg for her racist outburst towards a black policeman in 2016.

For News24 editor Adriaan Basson, this sentence is a historic moment in South Africa. He says this comes 22 years after the country adopted a bill of rights, and 24 years after the ANC and Neson Mandela tried to approach the race project as one of reconciliation.

But 24 years later there are still bigots like Vicki Momberg around - and the justice system has now stepped forward and said we will deal with them if the reconciliation project can't.

Adriaan Basson, News24 Editor

Basson feels that reconciliation is not dead. He says as a white South African who comes from a white family, he can see the changes in minds of those around him. This includes people who were adults during apartheid and the younger generation.

He adds that there are many white South Africans who want to give back to the country and who are grappling with white privilege. They want to stay and participate, thus Basson says there is hope when it comes to the race issue in the country.

There is definitely stuff going on that is positive - it's not like we have a race war on the streets that is about to break out. We should keep that perspective.

Adriaan Basson, News24 Editor

But what to do with people like Vicky? I think it's time ... that white people should be at the forefront of fighting racism by their family members colleagues and friends. There is simply too much of it going round.

Adriaan Basson, News24 Editor

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