- President Cyril Ramaphosa says that racism and bigotry no longer define South Africa
- Ramaphosa commented during the Day of Reconciliation festivities in Mzansi
- The politician has we are slowly healing the divisions of the past, building a united nation
President Cyril Ramaphosa has shared a message of unity, endurance and more importantly hope on Reconciliation day.
In his weekly letter to South Africa, Ramaphosa said that SA has been able to transcend a bitter legacy in favour of a new path:
"As we take stock of how far we have come in healing the divisions of the past and building a united nation, we have much to be proud of. One need only observe the outpouring of joy when the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup in Japan and when our Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe. South Africans of all races took to the streets in an outpouring of national pride."
Ramaphosa insists that the nation's questionable past has been left behind by most:
"Racism and bigotry no longer define our nation. Where they do occur, they are isolated. Where there have been manifestations of intolerance, we have been able to unite behind the values of tolerance and respect for diversity that define our Bill of Rights."
While the president admits the country still has a long path to walk until reconciliation is total, he urged citizens to do their part:
"Let us make a concerted effort to move forward together, focusing on what unites us instead of what divides. Let us reach out to each other on this day, during this Reconciliation Month, and throughout the year. I wish you all well over the festive season and all the best for the new year."
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