- President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that SA will be confronting historical injustices
- Ramaphosa says that renaming cities will form part of the efforts to build a united nation
- Divisive statues and other symbols will also be removed or relocated as a part of this plan
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President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that he will be making 'no apologies' for upsetting those who have an issue with SA confronting its historical injustices.
During his Heritage Day address, Ramaphosa explained that renaming cities will form part of a plan to build a united South Africa.
Some of the nations controversial monuments have also been cast into the spotlight with Ramaphosa commenting that:
“The naming and renaming of towns and cities form part of building a united nation, as well as the erection of new statues and monuments. Monuments glorifying our divisive past should be repositioned and relocated. This has generated controversy, with some saying we are trying to erase our history. But we make no apologies for this…”
The President is adamant that these remnants of the nation's infamous past have no place in its democratic present:
“Any symbol, monument or activity that glorifies racism, that represents our ‘ugly’, has no place in democratic South Africa. The struggle against apartheid was first and foremost aimed at ensuring that all our people should reclaim their dignity, black and white. Restoring dignity is the preoccupation of this administration.”
The recent incident involving Clicks and its immensely controversial advert was addressed by Ramaphosa who commented that:
“An offensive hair advertisement that was recently published shows that we still have a long way to go. The apartheid government denigrated our cultures and tried to make us ashamed of our cultures, our traditions, our languages and our very appearances.”
The incident received stern condemnation from the President during his address, with Ramaphosa continuing to say that:
“We must stand firm against attempts to disrespect our country’s women through crude forms of representation in the media, in advertising and in popular culture. It is disheartening to see that in democratic South Africa, there are still crude stereotypes of black women being put on public display.”
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Clicks advert, dubbing African hair as dry and damaged, had sparked national protests carried out by the Economic Freedom Fighters.
The company had initially apologies for the incident, but this had done little to discourage the EFF from demanding that all stores closed.
After top executives met with the party's leadership, the matter was later resolved with the company vowing to make a shift towards transformation.
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