The government is doing little to correct the issue of white marginalisation in South Africa.
The results of a recent poll conducted by the Institute for Race Relations (IRR) has drawn the ire of South Africans on social media after suggesting that more white people have experienced personal racism than black people since 1994.
The results were presented in an article published by Times Live which states that the organisation’s opinion poll found 54% of white people questioned said they experienced racism, while only 36% of black people said they experienced racism.
One such person is the IRR’s head of campaigns Marius Roodt who told the publication that he personally experienced racism for the first time when he was doing gardening and a black man passing by said: “It’s your turn to work in the garden.”
“I didn’t understand why he was rude to me because of my race,” Roodt said.
“Not everyone will identify with the same scenario. Just because a narrative dominates social media does not necessarily translate to reality. What happens on Twitter doesn’t really give a full picture of society. It’s not a reliable indicator, as not everyone is on that platform,” added Roodt.
Despite Roodt’s dismissal of popular social media opinion, there seems to be a unanimous opposition to the suggestion of the poll.