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Cape Town race dialogue welcome - Phumzile Van Damme

DA NS says this aims to create a platform to address what makes some people feel excluded and others entitled (Jan 28)

DA welcomes Cape Town race dialogue

28 January 2015

This morning, the Executive Mayor of the Cape Town, Patricia de Lille announced the Mayor's Inclusive City campaign - a forum aimed at giving Cape Town residents the opportunity to engage frankly about racial issues. 

The dialogue aims to create a platform to address and confront what makes some people in Cape Town feel excluded and others, entitled.

The DA welcomes this move as we believe that constructive dialogue is an essential step in tackling racism. In announcing this innovate programme, Mayor De Lille has underscored her administration's commitment to building an inclusive City.

The DA challenges all other municipalities in South Africa to follow Mayor De Lille's lead by creating similar platforms for open dialogues on racism.

Because of our history of discrimination, racism is sadly still pervasive in South African society and is not limited to a single geographic location or group of people. 

It is therefore important that South Africans from all backgrounds talk, listen and learn from each other about racial issues. 

Statement issued by Phumzile Van Damme, DA National Spokesperson, January 28 2015

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