Jacques Smalle (MPL)
DA Limpopo Provincial Leader
The DA in Limpopo has noted with great concern that poor citizens remain largely excluded in interracial contact and socialisation, according to South African Reconciliation Barometer report released this earlier this week.
Although interracial contact and socialisation has improved significantly from 10.4% in 2003 to 23.5% in 2012, the poor remain largely excluded in this interaction which paints the picture of inequality among the people.
The DA however, welcomes some of the crucial findings of the report released.
These findings re-affirm that the DA’s policies on transformation and position on Reconciliation is the best vehicle in moving South Africa forward.
We have long expressed that while much has been achieved in terms of racial integration, deeper transformation is needed in changing the material and symbolic inequality facing our people.
The report further shows that interracial mistrust has decreased by 12.5% over the past 11 years from 40.6% in 2003 to 28.1% in 2013.
It must be noted, however, that there is a decline in South African’s desire for a united South African identity and strengthening of racial identity.
Reconciliation cannot happen without peace.
The ruling party’s chaos in Mogalakwena municipality reminds us that it is the responsibility of each South African to vigilantly guard against those in positions of power abusing their power and sewing division.
We have come far. But we still have much to do.
The DA urges the people of Limpopo to embrace one culture and identity because an inclusive political identity is conducive to reconciliation and exclusionary political identity is not.