How to respond to Annelie Botes?

Posted on December 6, 2010. Filed under: Race Relations |


Last week, award-winning South African author Annelie Botes revealed in an interview with the Rapport that she dislikes and fears black South Africans.

Botes recently was awarded the 2010 K Sello Duiker Memorial Award (Afrikaans). As I think back on his work, Duiker explored the complexities of South African social exclusion with such nuance and insight – how are we to respond to blanket statements of this kind?

Botes’s comments – alongside others, including the talk that landed Youth League president Julius Malema in court on hate speech charges – have brought me to question aspects of the quality of current public discourse on race. How do we shift our focus to more constructive conversations?

I found some interesting insights online…

Bryan Mukandi Some perspective on race and crime

Zukiswa Wanner – Annelie Botes’s ugly racism

Pierre de Vos – Hiding in a cave


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