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Public Interest SA Condemns Racist Incident at Gold Reef City and Criticizes AfriForum's Response

MEDIA STATEMENT _____________________________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, 2 November 2023 – Public Interest SA strongly condemns the alleged racist incident that recently occurred at Gold Reef City Theme Park in Johannesburg. We are deeply disturbed by the reported racial aggression directed at Njabulo Madlanga and her siblings while they were attempting to celebrate a family birthday.

It is deeply regrettable that such an incident occurred during a time when the nation was celebrating the Springbok’s Rugby World Cup victory, a moment that should symbolize unity and a shared commitment to nation-building. Such behaviour is not only unacceptable but counter to the prevailing spirit of togetherness.

The alleged incident, in which three white patrons allegedly directed racial slurs and monkey sounds at the Madlanga family, is a stain on our society. This type of behaviour has no place in a diverse and inclusive South Africa.

We are equally concerned about the involvement of AfriForum, who have chosen to represent the individuals accused of this racist conduct. While everyone is entitled to legal representation, it is disheartening to see an organization involve itself in defending such deplorable behaviour.

We call for a thorough and impartial investigation into this matter, ensuring that justice is served, and the truth is revealed. False allegations of racism are as harmful as true allegations, and we must ensure that justice prevails while preserving the integrity of all parties involved.

Furthermore, we urge all South Africans to stand together against racism, discrimination, and racial aggression. Our nation's strength lies in its diversity, and it is our collective responsibility to foster an inclusive and welcoming society for all.

We also call for social media platforms and authorities to address the harassment and racial slurs that Njabulo Madlanga and her family have endured in the aftermath of sharing their experience. No one should face such attacks for speaking out against racism.

We offer our unwavering support to Njabulo Madlanga and her family during this difficult time and hope for a resolution that upholds the principles of justice and fairness for all. It is our collective responsibility to work towards a South Africa where incidents like these are no longer a part of our reality.

Meanwhile, we call on the management of Gold Reef City to take a dim view of such abhorrent incidents and ensure that those who engage in such despicable conduct face a life ban from all the resort’s facilities.

Public Interest SA remains committed to its mission of promoting a more just and equal South Africa, and we will continue to advocate for unity, tolerance, and a shared vision of a better future for our nation.


ISSUED BY: TEBOGO KHAAS for the public @propublicasa



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