Mandela’s former prison comrade, Denis Goldberg had on Wednesday said that South Africa still had “a long way to go when it comes to issues of racial differences. He said this when he among others, was receiving a high-profile honour in London.
As an anti-apartheid activist, Goldberg was jailed alongside Nelson Mandela in 1964 and was his friend for over half a century.
Speaking further on what he thinks about South Africa’s situation, Goldberg said “since the end of apartheid in 1994, the country could not easily get rid of racial segregation especially as it was “burnt into the minds of every South African”.
The 82-year-old alongside his fellow activist Ahmed Kathrada and former lawyers George Bizos and Joel Joffe, received the Freedom of the City of London award – a symbolic honor given to individuals to recognize their contribution to society.
More so, speaking in support of Goldberg’s statement, Mandela’s granddaughter Tukwini said South Africa still has a lot to do to curb the spread of racism but that she is still hopeful.
“The young people of South Africa are really hopeful about South Africa’s future and they really want to contribute to the political process so my feeling is one of great hope.” She said.
Meanwhile, the secretary-general of the ANC Gwede Mantashe said while briefing the media at a three-day national meeting in Pretoria, that racism cannot be cured or be debated on.
Speaking on the issue, he said “Those who are victims are impatient. Those who have been beneficiaries of racism have been emboldened and they say a number of things”.
Mantashe is of the opinion that dealing with social dynamics in the society and transforming the country’s economy is the best solution to addressing the condition of the country.
“It should be access to land and the allocation of land to people who have been deprived of access to land…all programs must ensure that black people benefit from the economy of the country.” he added.
To him, the country should not only focus on addressing the country’s economic problems but also on restoring the lost dignity of majority.
“Those who don’t have access to basic needs and basic necessities of development will never be able to debate whilst our people don’t even have access to land.
“That is why… we refer to accelerating of the allocation of land. If we don’t do that, we are unable to address inequality and racism.”