Speaking on International Nelson Mandela Day, Dr Makaziwe Mandela told Sky News’ Trevor Phillips on Sunday: “My father would repeat what he said when he was alive, that the fight is not over. and that we should not tire ourselves, we should continue to fight racism with all we have in our power. “
“There needs to be a lot more dialogue about racism because it is rampant around the world,” she said. “I think my dad would say we need to come together and fight this wave of racism until it ends. “
The activist for equality and social justice said the pandemic has contributed to the resurgence of racism around the world.
« On a COVID break a lot of people … a lot of people lose their jobs … [there’s a] upsurge in racism around the world, ”she said.
“I think COVID has exacerbated the inequalities in society. “
Speaking of violence in South Africa following the imprisonment of former president Jacob ZumaDr Mandela said: “No one wants to see South Africa in this situation of violence, but unless you deal squarely with the issues of poverty and inequity, South Africa will see more of this violence. “
More than 100 people have been killed in violent unrest and looting in recent days, and confidence in the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) was shaken.
Dr Mandela said “all” South Africa’s problems are “the responsibility of the ANC”.
“The ANC seems to have forgotten why it came to power,” she said.
“He came to power mainly because he wanted to improve the conditions and the lives of black people who had been impoverished and their dignity taken away by the apartheid regime.
“Political freedom was never enough – my father knew it, they knew it, and we cannot leave the economy that supported apartheid intact because there is therefore no way to remedy the inequities of the government. past and on the terms of the poor.
“If you look at the conditions of the poor in South Africa, who are predominantly black, it has not improved. It’s still the same, it hasn’t improved… So what’s going on right now is squarely in their hands.
She continued: “No one, I want to assure you, wants to see South Africa in a situation of violence.
“But unless South Africa directly tackles the issues of poverty and inequity, youth unemployment, which is around 74%, South Africa will see more and more of this violence. happen more and more. “
Dr Mandela’s comments come after a year that saw the Black lives matter movement has become a major topic of discussion in the Western world, sparked by the police murder of George Floyd in the United States last year.
The move sparked protests and more conversation about racism in the UK, which resurfaced again following England’s loss in the Euro 2020 final.
Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka have all suffered horrific racial abuse since they missed their shots on goal in the tie-breaker penalty shootout last weekend.