Mamphela Ramphele: We are afraid of white people & think they are superior

Dr Mamphela Ramphele, academic and businesswoman, spoke to Phemelo Motene on Weekend Breakfast about a range of issues affecting South Africa.

Ramphele has had a celebrated career as an activist, medical doctor, academic, businesswoman and political thinker.

She says because of the country’s tough segregation past, it is hard to confront the ghosts of the past.

The businesswoman touched on the importance of citizens knowing and following the Constitution.

We need to follow the preamble of our Constitution; heal the divisions of the past, lay the foundation for a democratic and open society. We must build a united and democratic South Africa.

Dr Mamphela Ramphele, academic and businesswoman

Asked about the mining charter, Ramphele said the government has failed to hold the mining industry accountable.

The academic added that her upbringing had a major role in how she learnt and her love for reading.


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