By Matshidiso Makhalanyane “Racism is and has been alive among us as the people of South Africa for a long time, and we therefore need organisation such as ARNSA to create spaces for us to speak up on issues of racism.” According to the Executive Mayor of the Mangaung Metro Municipality, counsellor Thabo Manyoni, South Africans and the people of the local Metro should speak up on issues relevant to racism. He said this at the launch of the Free State chapter of the Anti-racism Network of South Africa (ARNSA) in Bloemfontein. The Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice (IRSJ) at the University of the Free Sate is in partnered by the Mangaung Metro Municipality, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, the Foundation for Human Rights, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Churches against Racism in South Africa (CARS) and the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. After the Anti-racism Network of south Africa launch, there was then a dialogue by Dr Danny Titusm Mr Qondile Khedama, and Prof Christina Landman. Moodley, the national ARSNA coordinator, said that we all have to take on racism;nto learn about it, speak out against it, and act to stop it.

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