Creation of new SA 'just a lie'
PEOPLE angrily revolt against each other in xenophobic fits because prominence is being given to the second identity associated to what language one speaks, tribe or ethnic group one comes from.
This was one of many views that emerged on the second day of the social cohesion and nation building summit at historical site where the Freedom Charter was adopted - The Walter Sisulu Memorial Square in Kliptown in Soweto.
Views that emanated from the floor during commissions were that the country has been living a lie as there had never been the creation of a "new South Africa".
"We have not achieved it ... in fact we don't know ourselves and what it means to be South African culminates to xenophobia," said one delegate at a commission on national identity and unity.
He said the problem was exasperated by those who can't or simply refuse to sing the national anthem.
These sentiments were shared by president of Patriotism SA Khaya Seoketsa, who lamented on the "pathetic" way in which the national anthem had been sung.
Seoketsa blamed this lack of patriotism to leaders who chose to speak English at official gatherings, which made people feel their languages were inferior.
Radio and TV presenter Penny Lebyane said language embodied ones culture and values.
She said the problem was that people were speaking in different tones mingled with jargons that no one can relate to.
Issues of religion were not spared, as some people felt there was intolerance with judgement being passed against those who criticised certain cultures or held certain beliefs.
Miller Mathola, who was a responded at the commission, said there was a need for a quintessential South African identity which can attract investments and tourism.
Mathola said while the country may have sound policies, a reputation could set the country backwards.
Government would sign a declaration to unite the country, as confirmation of the importance placed on building a non-racial society.
The summit was attended by hundreds of delegates from government and civil organisations. - firstname.lastname@example.org