The South African Experience: Facing the Challenges of Racism and Embracing Nationalism
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
Dr Kelebogile Choice Makhetha
Deputy Dean Student Affairs, Student Affairs, University of the Free State