SOUTH AFRICA: NO LOVE, NO LIFE – SONG TO FIGHT RACISM

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has unveiled a song that is meant to help build social cohesion among South Africans.

The song, "No love, No life", features Mzwakhe Mbuli and other artists.

Mthethwa said the recent upsurge of racist acts by some in society calls on all South Africans to act in a manner that is consistent with the objectives of building a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society.

"This song is just one aspect of the war against racism. As history has shown us before, arts and culture have a critical role to play in the fight against racism. This is a call to every sector of society to play its part in the war against racism," he said.

No love, No life will be included in a fully-fledged album to be released by the Department of Arts and Culture.

Mthethwa said government's strategy is not confined to the arts alone, as Cabinet has approved the National Action Plan against Racism for discussion.

"There is legislation on the cards against racism. Ours is a multi-pronged strategy, which includes sectoral summits and the drafting of a national compact against racism.

"We will not rest until all the billboards of this country carry the message across because racism does not only exist or persist because of colonialism, segregation and apartheid but it also resides in the minds and psyche of people who have grown accustomed to their sense of superiority and privilege. We want our people to know that racism stops with me," Mthethwa said.

He said the arts is the most powerful tool that can be harnessed to take levels of thinking to a higher consciousness.

Source: Nam News Network