During an oral parliamentary question session in the National Assembly on Thursday, Ramaphosa responded to a question by DA leader John Steenhuisen. Ramaphosa was asked to remove all racial references on forms and job applications immediately because they divide South Africans.
Ramaphosa said Steenhuisen’s endorsement of non-racialism in the Constitution was welcome, but he must also remember the constitutional commitment to redressing the past’s discrimination. “White people are still reaping the benefits of the privilege and inequalities of apartheid. “Correcting it through, for example, black economic empowerment is not discrimination,” Ramaphosa said.
He asked that white people should not be dissatisfied, but rather should help establish a new tide that can lift all ships.
The president pointed out that the vast majority of South Africans believe in a united South African nation. Therefore, the events at the court in Senekal and this week at Brackenfell High School, according to Ramaphosa, are against the wishes of the majority of the country’s population.
“It shouts against the community we are trying to build and it does not reflect South Africa’s reality,” Ramaphosa said.
According to the president, all South Africans must oppose all forms of racial division and racism and alleviate inequality by being tolerant, conciliatory, and united.