Deputy Speaker, the ANC notes the racial incident that took place in a food outlet in Stellenbosch, where black students were attacked and assaulted by fellow white Afrikaans-speaking students. During the attack the black students were told that they did not belong there, as they were not speaking Afrikaans.
This has happened at a time when the ANC has declared 2015 the Year of the Freedom Charter. In its Preamble, the Charter demands that we create a South Africa where all people, black and white, can live in harmony and peace.
The Constitution guarantees people the right to live anywhere in South Africa without fear of being victimised on the basis of their colour, race, language or creed. It states that, "South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity."
It is hard to believe that 21 years into democracy there are still people who perpetuate racism. The ANC condemns the action of these students with the contempt it deserves. Thank you. [Applause.]