n African Renaissance - Towards non-racialism in South Africa : acknowledging the past, changing the present and building the future

Volume 16 Number Special Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305



Non-racialism as a concept has been used in South Africa from the time of apartheid, to negate the ideology of racism. Since building a ―non-racial‖ nation was a longstanding African National Congress goal, the word gave shape to discussions about how to address racial inequality amidst other social transformations in a free South Africa. During the time of the struggle against racism and apartheid the term non-racialism became an anti-thesis of apartheid. Propagated by the anti-apartheid strugglers, it was seen as signifying a vision for a non-racial society. It rejects racism because it refers to ideas and practices that, in the first place, accept that there are entities called races (the four apartheid categories in South Africa, for example); and, secondly, that there is a hierarchy of values and abilities ―traits and capacities‖ attributed as the inescapable essence of each of these social groups, values that denigrate and demean the ―inferior‖ race(s). The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa outlaws racism and advocates human rights. The purpose of this article is to examine the current efforts to build a non-racial society in South Africa.

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