The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says it believes that many of the racial incidents that have sparked controversy across the country are from a minority of voices.
SAIRR media head Minke Stadler says the institute strongly believes that most citizens are committed to social cohesion.
We do believe that the majority of South Africans actually want to make the country work; want to work together and are more worried about issues like housing, the economy, unemployment and education.— Minke Stadler, head of media at the SAIRR
Stadler says that too much media attention has been given to bigots who air their views on public platforms.
She advises that social media has also illuminated the slight number of prejudiced South Africans.
It makes it possible for these incidents to see the light and for people to become aware.— Minke Stadler, head of media at the SAIRR
She says the media, Constitutional literacy and bodies such as the South African Human Rights Commission all have a role to play in fostering better race relations.
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This article first appeared on 702 : Racists and bigots 'minority voice' in SA, says Institute of Race Relations