Cape Town - Former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) leader for the Western Cape Tony Ehrenreich has penned an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa, requesting that the term 'coloured' be replaced with 'Camisa'.
In the letter, written in his personal capacity, Ehrenreich attempted to explain the "heritage of the 'coloured people'" prior to Heritage Day.
"I write this letter to you as an anti-apartheid and anti-colonial activist in South Africa, under the banner of the ANC. I am a black South African, I am an African by history and by affinity and I am from the cultural lineage of the Xan and the various additions to the blood line, from the historical developments of South Africa."
He slammed the 'de-Africanisation' of South Africa's mixed-race population, calling it inaccurate.
"The de-africanisation of Coloured people is accordingly inaccurate in the South African experience of colonialism and apartheid. The effect of this marginalisation is leading to the fragmentation of the Coloured Community, and the host of societal and political challenges that we have seen. Let this Heritage Day be the last one that sees the coloured community excluded from their rightful place in the family of African cultures that make up the Rainbow Nation. We ask for a consultative process that leads to the correction of this historical and cultural anomaly in South Africa."