President Cyril Ramaphosa has strongly asserted that racism has no place in South Africa, and those who practice it will face serious consequences as per the law.
He also applauded the South African Police Service for taking action and launching an investigation into the reported racism incident at a Free State holiday resort on Christmas Day, in which black teenage boys were reportedly assaulted by white adults, who allegedly claimed that the pool was only for white users – a video of the incident was circulated on social media platforms.
Black boys from South Africa were strangled by white men for swimming in a "Whites only pool" in South Africa. They were attacked by these grown men because they are apparently not allowed in the pool as it's reserved for the "white people". Racism exists in South Africa. pic.twitter.com/7HQSGobcdd
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President Ramaphosa passionately declared that “South Africa, every inch of it, belongs to all of us who live in it!” and firmly urged South Africans of every colour to join forces in denouncing every kind of racism and all attempts to justify it.
He also strongly emphasised the need for unity in tackling the violence that had occurred at the Free State resort, saying that “this isn’t a problem to be faced by black South Africans alone.”
“It is appalling that adults dealing with teens feel so comfortable using violence, causing physical harm and disregarding the Bill of Rights, which ensures our right to safety, dignity, and freedom from violence.”
President Ramaphosa has urged South Africans to let justice take its course, declaring that racism and racists are not accepted in our society. “We must strive to create a future without the negative effects of the past,” he added