Racism tops list of rights violations in South Africa
Despite end of apartheid incidents of racism rampant in South Africa, says report
By Hassan Isilow
Patterns of racism and systemic racial inequality remain entrenched in South Africa despite the end of apartheid, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said in a report released Monday.
The commission which receives different types of rights violations said racism had topped its list of complaints.
“The percentage of
A total of 486
The commission which is mandated to promote a culture of human rights and constitutional democracy said incidents of racism were
The report says persistent inequality and extreme poverty contributed to the ongoing violations.
“Racism is systemic and racist attitudes remain largely unchanged,” it said adding that many poor black people, working on farms and in homes as domestic
In South Africa, whites still control most of the economy
According to the report, racism is not only limited to verbal
South African courts are now taking a tough stance on racists. Earlier this year, a court in Johannesburg, jailed Vicky Momberg, 49, to two years in prison for racially abusing black police officers.
The officers had come to her rescue after her car windows had been smashed by thieves, but she instead racially abused them.