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MMC Michael Sun accepts unreserved apology from Cosatu

I note the formal and unreserved apology issued by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on 3 October 2017 after racial slurs were openly made against me du​ring its march in the City last week.
I accept their apology.

In an open letter to Cosatu last Thursday, the Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba called for Cosatu to apologise for the racial insults I had to endure in front of thousands of fellow South Africans and which were widely broadcasted through the media.

My family and I were deeply hurt and such memories will be inerasable.

Hundreds of messages of support flooded in from all corners of the world. Those that touched me the most were from my fellow South Africans. I am humbled and grateful to all the people that have encouraged me during this difficult time.

We have come so far as a country trying to heal from the wounds of the past, but the Cosatu incident had ripped a new wound in many South African hearts.

We need to be reminded that the future of our country does not lie in hatred or prejudice. Our future lies in the responsible leadership of an undivided society based on equality, respect and mutual understanding.

This incident will not deter me and I am now more determined than ever before to serve my fellow South Africans.

Cllr Michael Sun
MMC for Public Safety
City of Joburg