Solidarity decries state’s treatment of minorities

Below is an article from our Affirmative Action Media Monitoring Project. These articles represent a wide variety of views. These views do not necessarily represent the views of AAPF but instead are intended to provide you with an overview of the current affirmative action debate.

April 26, 2011

The Trade union Solidarity used its annual congress last week in Muldersdrift, Johannesburg to lambast the government’s performance and lament the unfair treatment of minorities, specifically Afrikaners.

Solidarity CEO Flip Buys’s address focused on crime, poverty and the marginalisation of white workers in the country.

“The time has come for mutual trust to be renewed, because at the moment our country is characterised by growing distrust, mounting disillusionment and even mounting anger about all that is wrong,” said Buys.

He added: “The government has a responsibility to fulfil its part of the contract, which among other things involves properly governing the country, responsibly using taxes and fulfilling its core responsibilities, such as safety.

“This breach of contract has a severe impact on minority groups in South Africa”.

Buys also said the ANC was making things worse for them by supporting Julius Malema at the current hate speech trial.

“Support for Malema in the ‘shoot the boer’ song trial, has led to a deep sense of mistrust of the ANC by the Afrikaans community.

“We are tired of talking about problems of unfair affirmative action, violent crime, Afrikaans schools and universities, and the criminalisation of our history, without these issues being addressed.”

He said: “We dearly want this country to be successful because we live here too – we and our children – but then we must not be excluded or marginalised.”

However, Buys said there were two conditions for a dialogue on this matter to take place.

“The first condition is that mutual respect and recognition for people, communities, cultures and human lives are not negotiable, the second is that it should be more than just a mere listening to one another’s views, something should be done to the problem.”

Human rights activist Rhoda Kadhalie, who made a brief speech at the Solidarity congress, lashed out at the ANC and its governance. She attacked government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi who has recently been embroiled in controversy over his remarks on coloured people.

“Jimmy Manyi is a bare-faced racist. Although he and Malema are supposed to be role models for South African youth they are destroying the dreams of the South African youth.”

Kadalie also focused her speech on pointing out the flaws of the ANC leadership.

“Manyi and Malema are a typical example of what happens when you give power to under-qualified people.”

She said cadre deployment was destroying South Africa.

The activist praised Solidarity for a job well done in their projects she said “the organisation was a pocket of excellence amid the chaos in South Africa”.

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