The African National Congress (ANC) welcomes the steps taken by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to organise national hearings into transformation at Universities in South Africa.
Racism and racial division are a threat to South Africa`s democracy.
These hearings follow several reports of racism-based incidences at various South African universities, most notably in the Universities of the Free State and the North West.
They also occur against a backdrop of reports of increasingly pronounced manifestations of racial abuse in our schools, directed mainly from educators to learners; a dire indictment on those who are supposed to be an embodiment of the values we wish to build in society.
In recent times, there has been an assault from many quarters in society on the non-racial nation we have sought to build.
While the injustices of our colonial past and the prevailing inequalities in our society have been at the centre of the seemingly widening chasm between the races, there is a need for all South Africans to recommit themselves in word and in deed to the founding statement of our nation; South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity.
The African National Congress calls upon all stakeholders in higher education transformation to take an active part in the national hearings on transformation in universities. We further urge to South African Human Rights Commisson to consider an extension of the national dialogue on racism and transformation to other areas of civil life.