RANJENI MUNUSAMY SOUTH AFRICA 4 JUNE 2012 01:26
What started as an ill-considered comment by a traffic officer directed at the mayor of Newcastle has unleashed dangerous threats of a race war. The issue caught fire when City Press published a letter from a KwaZulu-Natal businessman, Phumlani Mfeka, claiming that South Africans of Indian origin are racist and have no right to citizenship and property in South Africa. Mfeka also claimed there is a “ticking time bomb of a deadly confrontation” between Africans and Indians in KwaZulu-Natal. It’s a hot little potato that will test how South Africa handles bigotry and racism, now that the nation-building project has been abandoned. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.