On Friday President Cyril Ramaphosa said racism and prejudice are on the rise in SA.
Addressing an ANC interactive event to mark the 65th anniversary of the Freedom Charter, Ramaphosa said the nation was tearing down the hopes of the document's drafters because of the apparent rise in racism.
South Africa and the world are witnessing a rise in tearing down this important aspiration set out in the Freedom Charter by our forebears.
When we see a increase in racism, ethnic-based discrimination and narrow nationalism. This is why the ANC and the coalition have embarked on a fight against racism, "Ramaphosa said.
He thanked his ANC and coalition comrades for "conscious of the resistance to racism."
Ramaphosa encouraged members of his party to embark on a sustained effort to root out racism in the SA as well as around the world.
We will continue to work with progressive forces on our continent and the globe to root out racism, bigotry of any kind, including bigotry of what is specifically laid down in our constitution, intolerance of some kind of sexual preference, "Ramaphosa said.
He said SA was facing many challenges in the midst of a global pandemic, including that of gender-based violence, a problem he said needed to address.
"There is a war being waged on our country's women by the SA people. Gender-based violence and femicide are two scourges which we must eliminate, "Ramaphosa said.
He said the difficulties demanded that South Africans imitate their forebears' bravery and determination as they drafted the Freedom Charter in the face of danger and death.
Ramaphosa said the South Africans now needed to unite and build the country they want.
While the Freedom Charter further claimed that the people should share in the country's wealth, it was clear that SA 's wealth remained in the hands of the overwhelmingly white male minority.
Our economy's framework tends to exclude the vast percentages of our poor and black majority populations. Our party, government and all the social partners, will work together to bring about radical economic change and economic inclusion, "Ramaphosa said.
He said the Covid-19 pandemic provided an opportunity to change things, and called for a regulation system to create a fairer and fairer economy that works for everyone.