Racism: South Africa to mark another National Day of Reconciliation with major address by President Ramaphosa

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South Africa will mark another day of national reconciliation with a major address by President Cyril Ramaphosa next Monday 16 December 2019.

The Day of Reconciliation is a public holiday in South Africa held annually on 16 December.

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For African people, the date has been significant as one of both peaceful protests against racial injustice and of the founding of the more militant Umkhonto we Sizwe by the African National Congress (ANC) on 16 December 1961.

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Reconciliation Day is commemorated annually in tribute to our progress towards building a society rooted in unity, non-racism and non-sexism.

The event will take place at the Bergville Municipal Sports Complex in the Okhahlamba Local Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal Province.

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The month of December is designated as Reconciliation Month, and government has called on all citizens to reach out to each other, especially citizens of different races.

“This year’s commemoration is being held under the theme “The Year of Indigenous Languages: Supporting National Reconciliation Through the Promotion, Development and Preservation of Indigenous Languages;” and emphasises the significance of indigenous languages in line with the United Nation General Assembly’s proclamations for 2019,” the presidency in South Africa said in a statement to TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington D.C..

Promoting and advancing social cohesion is the bedrock of our constitutional order and is one of the priorities of the sixth administration. 

President Ramaphosa will be supported by Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa.

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