Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
The ANC has called for the strongest possible action to be taken against those responsible for the appalling racist video made by four white students at the University of the Free State last year.
"Those four young students should not have the right to study at that university," ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe told a media briefing at parliament yesterday.
Asked whether a particular political party's activities on the campus had played a role, Mantashe said: "It is a racial problem. Straightforward.
"Whether it's driven by a political party or it is spontaneous, it is a racial problem and it must be dealt with.
"The problem with racism was that it could either be a manifestation of prejudice or stereotype. When it is a manifestation of stereotype, it is very difficult to deal with, because it is in the sub-conscious mind.
"It is a reflection of upbringing, values; it can be traced back to families, it can be traced back to political activities. Political parties that emphasised a particular cultural bias did not serve the country's interests.
"Once you do that as a party, whether your constitution is written in non-racial terms, you are doing South Africa a disservice. Whether it is a political party, or a trade union or an organisation in civil society, that party is actually doing South Africa a disservice."
He said it had been interesting to find at a meeting earlier this week with the Afrikaner ATKV organisation, that it intended to broaden its base and integrate society.
"When you have those intentions, it is not the same as outright racism," he said. - Sapa