The South African Experience: Facing the Challenges of Racism and Embracing Nationalism

Dr Kelebogile Choice Makhetha
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The paper aims at analysing the situation in South Africa, in the democratic dispensation, with a particular focus on racism, which is still a strong legacy, in comparison to nationalism. The paper will provide a brief background of the pre-1994 period, then focus on racism and its implications. Nationalism will be discussed, also touching on Pan-Africanism as mechanisms used to combat the ills of colonialism. Further on, efforts that have been made and also those in the process, to transform society and the issues of redress, will be discussed. Challenges facing the country, to live up to its own constitutional commitments, to socio-economic rights are major and some of those will also be outlined.

Keywords: Racism and Nationalism
Stream: Political Science, Politics
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: South African Experience, The

Dr Kelebogile Choice Makhetha

Deputy Dean Student Affairs, Student Affairs, University of the Free State
South Africa

Mellon foundation scholarship to do Ph.D. Completed studies and worked for the University of the Free State. Attended Summer school at Seton Hall University in New York; New Jersey. Attended the International Political Science Conference in 2003 and presented a paper. Lectured Political Science also at bridging level. Involved in community service and student development. Currently, Deputy Dean Student Affairs.

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