UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT
GLARING HYPOCRISY AT TOLERANCE CEREMONY
BY KINGSLEY MASEMOLA, MPL
The Polokwane Municipality hosted a Torch Lighting Ceremony in support of the World Conference Against Racism, on the 21 August 2001.
was promising to be a unifying and reconciliatory effort ended up being the
worst blatant display of intolerance, racism in reverse and an act of
The only exception was Rev Pakati whose speech seemed to be the only well prepared and most stimulating. The rest had nothing more to say, as only one speaker was sufficient to drive their message home.
Even the mere rendition of the national anthem was a complete disaster in that only the African version was sung cementing the days' string of disastrous events of hypocrisy of the day.
Racism, xenophobia and intolerance are national scourges and the cheap political point scoring attempts by members of the ruling party is a silly abuse of state resources and opportunistic politicking and should be nipped in the bud and be crushed out of society.
unfortunate state of affairs is disappointing to say the least. Not when the
mayor of Polokwane, the mayor of Capricorn Municipality and MEC in the premier's
office were in attendance. It is worse if one considers the object of the day
being to promote tolerance, reconciliation and to make a stand against racism