Sport, Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, says in as much as it is government’s responsibility to promote and advance national reconciliation through progressive policies and education, reconciliation must begin with the individual and attitudes.
The minister urged the population not to despair at the actions of the few, who still cling to the attitudes, behaviour and language of the past.
Delivering the Day of Reconciliation keynote address virtually on behalf of President Cyril Ramaphosa, Mthethwa said it will soon be the end of what has for many been a difficult year.
“In our communities, at our places of work and study, and in our homes, South Africans have had to confront many challenges,” he said.
South Africa marks National Reconciliation Day on 16 December annually to focus on promoting social cohesion, healing, unity, nation-building and renewal.
“It cannot be that bringing about reconciliation should be the responsibility of the formerly oppressed. Instead of retreating into our cocoons of race, language, ethnicity and class, let us use today, and indeed every day, as an opportunity to play our part,” Mthethwa added.