Category Archives: Dawn Barkhuizen

Daily Dispatch: Tribalism’s rot bared

Tribalism’s rot bared

Dawn Barkhuizen

THE habit of Jew-baiting by the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Marius Fransman, is a dangerous one, but it should be seen as part of a wider problem manifesting in South Africa.

The head of the ANC’s ethics committee, Ben Turok, last week highlighted the issue of ethnic prejudice after writing to ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe to ask that Fransman be disciplined for baseless claims that 98% of property owners in Cape Town were whites “and in particular, Jews”.

Anyone who perpetuated an ethnic or racial stereotype could not only inflame anti-Semitism but lacked real understanding of South Africa’s political reality, Turok said in interviews.

Continue reading