Are racial tensions in SA revealing cracks in the rainbow nation?

Outrage over racist social media comments in recent days has begged the question: does the concept of the rainbow nation still truly exist?

Controversial posts by estate agent Penny Sparrow, Justin Van Vuuren and economist Chris Hart, have further fueled tense discussions about race and reconciliation in South Africa.

During the open line on The Redi Tlhabi Show (with Koketso Sachane standing in), listeners called in to share their ranging views on whether healing progress has been made since freedom and democracy or if the scars of apartheid remain.

Listen to the full conversation:

There is no rainbow nation - that thing was just a stunt to make sure that Nelson Mandela gets to the Union Buildings, though there are those who understand its concept.

Skhatele, caller

There is no alternative, the rainbow nation has to exist because it is our lives and we have to move closer. We have to change the debate to identify how we can make it happen and promote likeness... and connect with that which is the same in us all.

Alice, caller

The rainbow nation concept and the constitution was the aspirational side of a South African vision. So much of the tension and distress we see now is as a result of the disjuncture between what we hope for ourselves and what we actually experience.

Tim, caller

This article first appeared on 702 : Are racial tensions in SA revealing cracks in the rainbow nation?


Recommended

by THE NEWSROOM

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Want to keep your job? Think twice before you post that rant on social media...

Want to keep your job? Think twice before you post that rant on social media...

Social media lawyer Emma Sadlier says employers can terminate an employment relationship if their company is brought into disrepute.

Jawitz Properties to pursue legal action against #PennySparrow racist comments

Jawitz Properties to pursue legal action against #PennySparrow racist comments

Former Jawitz Properties estate agent Penny Sparrow has caused outrage after writing a racist post on Facebook at the weekend.

Racial mistrust 'a bomb waiting to explode', says sociologist

Racial mistrust 'a bomb waiting to explode', says sociologist

Two out of three South Africans do not trust others across racial lines, according to the latest annual reconciliation barometer.

Is the rainbow nation idea fading?

Is the rainbow nation idea fading?

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) has released the Reconciliation Barometer, which looks at whether Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela's ideals have been realised.

Distraught father of two accuses tow-truckers of intimidation, racist abuse

Distraught father of two accuses tow-truckers of intimidation, racist abuse

A 36-year-old Brackenfell man has accused two tow-truckers of racial abuse and threats on his life; an allegation they deny.

12 Apostles restaurant addresses alleged racist incident

12 Apostles restaurant addresses alleged racist incident

A caller claims she was the victim of racism at Cape Town’s Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa.

Why we need a Reconciliation Barometer in 2014, more than ever!

Why we need a Reconciliation Barometer in 2014, more than ever!

2014 Edition of the only survey that provides insights into progress in reconciliation since 1994 has raised important questions.

Eyewitness to Cape Quarter 'racist' attack

Eyewitness to Cape Quarter 'racist' attack

"I do not condone violence but I was very close to punching this guy in the face myself." - Jenna, Eyewitness

Popular articles
[WATCH] Grootes's take on why EFF silent on Dlamini's SABC interview

[WATCH] Grootes's take on why EFF silent on Dlamini's SABC interview

702 Afternoon Drive host Stephen Grootes's comment involves past dealings that involve EFF national chair, Advocate Dali Mpofu.

Punitive tariff hike for water guzzlers to hit CT households where it hurts

Punitive tariff hike for water guzzlers to hit CT households where it hurts

Harsher punitive tariffs on the cards as 'Day Zero' becomes a reality as the result of 60% of Capetonians who ignore water limits.

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Bruce Whitfield interviews La Grange about her and Madiba's attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.)

WATCH: Innovative spray limits toilet flushes and saves water

WATCH: Innovative spray limits toilet flushes and saves water

Loo Me is a simple yet effective scented foam that takes the yuck out of "mellowing" toilets preventing multiple flushes.

I was not introduced to Ajay Gupta - Grootes

I was not introduced to Ajay Gupta - Grootes

Stephen Grootes says he believes former Eskom CEO Brian Dames when said he was not formally introduced to the Gupta family.

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.