21 years into democracy still no trust between SA's black and white people

Sisonke Msimang has conducted on the possibility of cross-racial friendship in post-apartheid South Africa. Yesterday she was one of the speakers at the Ruth First Memorial Lecture at Wits University.

Ruth First was a journalist, activist and intellectual killed in exile by the apartheid government. The event was held around on the anniversary of her death on August 17, 1982.

Msimang spoke about the challenges of forging cross-racial friendships in South Africa, and the possibility of keeping this possibility alive in contemporary South Africa.

Talking to Cape Talk’s John Maytham, Msimang said that she based her talk on race and question the kind of friendships the new generation has, are their friendships real as they seem, how honest can black and white children are with one another?

We want to strive for a society where talking about race is not necessary because it is not a factor

Sisonke Msimang

Listen to the full conversation on The John Maytham Show:


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