Judge warns against divided SA

Mkhululi Ndamase

SUPREME Court of Appeal judge and anti-apartheid activist Ronnie Pillay yesterday warned against racial divisions in South Africa, saying they undermined the dream of a non-racial democracy for which many had fought.

Judge Pillay was speaking at the Port Elizabeth City Hall where anti-apartheid activist and businessman Mkhuseli “Khusta” Jack presented his international Reverend James Lawson Award to Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Ben Fihla.

Last month Jack went to the US to receive the award – named after Lawson, an activist who worked alongside Martin Luther King jnr – for leading the 1980s non-violent consumer boycotts in Port Elizabeth.

Judge Pillay said: “We must stop putting people into compartments like the National Party did during apartheid.

“People are being referred to as white, Indian, coloured and black. Why is that? That should stop today.

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