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?


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