More suggestions have been made by corporate bodies and concerned individuals to rid the country of the clutch racism has on it. For the Institute of Race Relations (IRR), economic empowerment can help eradicate racism.
The institute made this comment with respect to research network Afrobarometer’s report on South Africa’s progress since 1994. It said no doubt campaigns against racism help create awareness but they aren’t the ultimate solution.
The survey team reported that a survey of 2,400 respondents, including people of other nationalities, shows many still believe courts and landlords discriminate against certain groups, based on race.
The team went further to suggest there is still a need for campaigns to combat racism and other forms of discrimination.
Reacting to this, the IRR refuted the claim saying empowerment is the only answer to curbing racism in the country.
The issue of youth empowerment has been pointed to be an answer to majority of the county’s economic and social issues.
President Jacob Zuma himself said investing in the country’s youth and paying particular attention to their skills development is one way of helping the country stay on course to achieving economic growth in the future.
“We can only prosper if there are dedicated efforts to invest in the youth,” said President Zuma but little has been done by the government and private sector to achieve this fact.
Economic empowerment is indeed necessary as the country could only prosper if there were dedicated efforts to invest in the youth.
This becomes more important in the current economic times where the youth faced hardships including high unemployment, crime and health challenges such as HIV and Aids.
In relation to this, chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission Lawrence Mushwana said the country still has more work to do in addressing the root cause of xenophobic violence.
Mushwana however warned that society shouldn’t be quick to label attacks xenophobic, when serious socio-economic issues are the driving force behind them. He said attacks on foreign nationals in the country’s townships are seldom fueled by mere intolerance.
“When you look closely there are other causes; socio-economic conditions are serious.”
The commission is expected to release its report on xenophobic attacks that happened in Durban last year, including alleged xenophobic statements made by King Goodwill Zwelitihini.