Professor Paulus Zulu and Professor Cheryl
Potgieter discussing the significance of the Social
Cohesion Committee.

Two senior UKZN academics have been appointed by Provincial Government to serve on a Social Cohesion Committee.

They are the Director of the Maurice Webb Race Relations Unit at UKZN, Professor Paulus Zulu, who will convene the committee, and  Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Humanities  Professor Cheryl Potgieter, who will serve on the committee with Mr Vasu Gounden and Mr Paddy Kearney.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Mr Senzo Mchunu, announced that the Committee had been formed to research, investigate, consult and report on the nature of social cohesion in the province.

The aim of the new committee is to promote reconciliation and nation building.

The Premier said the committee had been formed because of concerns the executive council had about statements and activities of certain groups which attacked the fundamental values of non-racialism.

The committee will monitor and consult all relevant stakeholders, analyse and make interventions where necessary, research and investigate allegations of racism, and report the findings to a provincial cabinet task team comprising Transport MEC Mr Willies Mchunu, Health MEC Mr Sibongiseni Dhlomo and Human Settlements MEC Mr Ravi Pillay.

‘The Provincial Executive Council is concerned about the pronouncements and activities of certain groups in the province that attack the fundamental values of non-racialism towards which our new democratic order strives,’ said Mchunu.

‘No individual or group should be subjected to any attack based on race. We cannot degenerate into the pain and indignity of our apartheid and racist past.’