Her apology only seemed to worsen the situation when she explained that she “wasn’t being nasty or rude or horrible, but it’s just that they [monkeys] make a mess. It is just how they are.” The situation has illuminated the fact that racism still exists years after the end of apartheid. In a survey conducted by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, 61.4% of respondents felt “race relations since 1994 have either stayed the same or deteriorated” and “67.3% of all respondents noted that they have little to no trust in their fellow citizens of other racial groups.”
The racial makeup of South Africa, similarly to America, is one of deep wounds and divisions. Situations like these only serve to deepen the prejudice running heavily throughout the country. Though these racial events have lessened recently, there is latent tension which refuses to dissipate. This is something which the government struggles to acknowledge tactfully, mainly because of how sensitive and controversial the topic of race is worldwide.
On a positive note,the woman from Durban was denounced by her political party after her racist remarks. Though there is certainly still racial strife in South Africa, this situation was dealt with as it should: no tolerance for racism and intolerance.
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