Racism is in the DNA of South Africa - Nasheen Balton

Neeshan Balton, executive director Ahmed Kathrada Foundation commented on the recent racism incident where a black man was forced into a coffin by two white men in Mpumalanga province.

Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen appeared in the Middelburg Magistrates Court and abandoned their bail bid on Wednesday.

The two men who were filmed while forcing Rethabile Mlotshwa into a coffin in a video that went viral on social media and threatening to set the coffin alight.

Speaking to CapeTalk/702 Stephen Grootes, Neeshan Balton says "racism is very much the DNA of South Africa and it is not something that is going to go away easily"

The assumption that it was going to automatically evaporate after 1994, its the one that we need to get South Africans to understand that it was false.

Neeshan Balton, Executive Director Ahmed Kathrada Foundation

Racism like any other issues in society, requires dedicated day to day work.

Neeshan Balton, Executive Director Ahmed Kathrada Foundation

I think its going to be with us for as long as we don't have the required approach and institutions to tackle it.

Neeshan Baltan, Executive Director Ahmed Kathrada Foundation

He believes all South Africans, black and white, who stand against racism, should engage in the national conversation.

The conversation looked at 'economic apartheid'.

Bolton spoke about Julias Malema's comment that 'there are certain occupations where you'll never find white people', saying in some cases the workers are there but they are probably have not been employed in those spaces.

He spoke about Mohale City where poor white people are being accommodated, saying those people are playing important roles in that society because of good integration.

Unless people do see people of all colours doing particular jobs they will go back to making assumptions about who can and can't do particular types of jobs.

Neeshan Balton , Executive Director Ahmed Kathrada Foundation

Listen to Neeshan Balton talk about ways of overcoming racism in South Africa:


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