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South African President Calls for Racial Harmony


South African President Thabo Mbeki has called on black and white South Africans to do more as individuals to break down racial barriers in their country.

President Mbeki made the remarks Friday in Pretoria's Freedom Park in a speech honoring South Africa's Reconciliation Day.

He said that while lawmakers have worked to remove apartheid from the statues over the past 11 years, he has not seen the same individual efforts to create a non-racial, non-sexist society. President Mbeki said South Africans need to work harder for a unified community.

Reconciliation Day marks the tenth anniversary of former President Nelson Mandela's creation of the country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It was designed to bring to light the atrocities committed under apartheid and give victims an opportunity to tell their stories.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.

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