Zuma reflects on unity among South Africans

DECEMBER 19, 2015

The government was fostering social cohesion by popularising national symbols and teaching schoolchildren about their rights and responsibilities, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

He said, in his end of year statement, that there were also continued efforts to ensure there was a national flag in every school. The bill of responsibilities and values had been included in all Life Orientation workbooks, reaching pupils in over 23 000 schools.

Zuma said new sites had popped up across the country to promote and preserve forgotten aspects of of our heritage.

"Like arts and culture, sport continues to be a major unifying force; even when we do not win for example the 2015 Rugby World Cup."

He said research indicated that pride in local sports teams was strong. Zuma also reflected on xenophobic attacks that rocked the country in April.

"The majority of South Africa spoke out strongly against the attacks and reaffirmed our country’s support of human rights and dignity for all."

He said a national action plan to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance would be submitted for Cabinet approval before the end of the financial year.

"Work continues towards the achievement of a truly united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa. We thank all South Africans and stakeholders for support during 2015."