He noted that the country still has a long way to go.
“The SA Reconciliation Barometer Survey 2019, which is published by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, reports that a vast majority of South Africans agree that our country still needs reconciliation. At the same time, just over a half of respondents believe that SA has made progress with reconciliation since 1994.
“According to the survey, most respondents agree that reconciliation is impossible as long as corruption continues, political parties sow division, those who were affected by apartheid continue to be poor, gender-based violence remains, we continue to use racial categories to measure transformation, and racism in our society remains unaddressed.”
According to Ramaphosa, since the country attained democracy, its citizens have showed the capacity to look beyond differences “in the quest to achieve true nationhood”.
“The SA of today still suffers from the effects of centuries of discrimination, dispossession and unequal development,” Ramaphosa said.