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Where prejudice endures, we must learn to open our doors - and hearts

By unknown | Apr 12, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]



Since the publication of the story on "The African Viagra" found growing wild somewhere in Venda, I have had many responses to articles I have written.

The Viagra story I can understand. We males are a very sick lot when it comes to performing duties bestowed upon us. The tragedy is that, unlike our women, we hardly cry out for help.

The column last week had people stopping me in the streets, asking me how my daughter Amogelang is doing.

For the record, my daughter was denied the use of a lavatory at several homes in Azaadville while participating in a charity Fun Walk through the suburb.

People approached me in supermarket queues, and in sympathetic tones, urged me to be strong.

But I also had people accuse me of cowardice for not mentioning the race of the people who refused my daughter the use of a toilet.

Well, I did mention that the incident happened in Azaadville, which I described as a "predominantly Indian and affluent suburb outside Krugersdorp".

Sadly, it seems that prejudice has plagued this otherwise lovely suburb for many years.

Some sporting people approached me and told me stories that, quite frankly, made me ashamed to be South African.

Until the late 1980s, these okes told me, they were recruited by soccer teams from Azaadville to play for teams in the area.

But after each game, the young footballers from Soweto and their mates from coloured townships were made to have their meals and drinks from plastic plates and cups outside.

This while local boys enjoyed sumptuous meals indoors.

Many of them stopped playing for teams from the area.

While this saddens me - and presumably the people who approached me with their stories - one remains hopeful the attitudes are isolated and not representative. And where they prevail, one hopes it won't be for long. Okay, enough of this depressing stuff.

Two days ago Sowetan carried an article about a certain soccer star whose car ploughed into the concrete wall of our offices in the wee hours of the morning.

Emile Baron is a Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper who has been on the sidelines most of this season.

Word has it Chiefs is about to offload him.

I understand that he might be desperate to find a new job. But why didn't he just send his CV to Sowetan'sHR department and await a reply like everyone else?

l Andrew Molefe can be reached at


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