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EDITORIAL | School clashes remind us SA isn’t as transformed as ...


EDITORIAL | School clashes remind us SA isn’t as transformed as we think

As racism rears its ugly head at Randfontein school, it is a wake-up call that this mindset still thrives in some places


Finding a South African who will openly admit to being racist is as rare as hooking a coelacanth off the Transkei coast.

But the clashes at Hoërskool Jan Viljoen in Randfontein, Johannesburg this week have once again demonstrated that racism is still thriving in some communities — even among people who most of the time genuinely believe they are not racist at all.

Yet simmering in their sub conscious (sometimes not very deep but just under the surface) is a bizarre belief that their long-historic privilege somehow makes them better, more senior, than others. That their customs and belief systems somehow make them superior.  ..

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