Rebel. Troublemaker. Controversial. Freedom fighter. Activist. These are some of the words which can be attributed to Franklin Adams.
This son of Stellenbosch, who was born and bred in Cloetesville, will celebrate the 10th anniversary of his War Against Racism (WAR) campaign this year.
Adams, a councillor in the Stellenbosch Municipality, launched his WAR campaign on Tuesday 7 March at Doornbosch. His campaign will also take him to the Southern Cape where he will engage with politicians and residents to curb racism.
Dr Jerome Slamat, executive manager to the rectorate at Stellenbosch University, who served as programme director, said that this occasion was a significant one. “Racism is still rife in Stellenbosch. The town is designed to separate on the basis of race.”
Of Adams, Slamat had this to say: “All of us know of the times he was man-handled and thrown out of the council. Whether you believe he is a saint or a sinner, he is devoted to a non-racial society.”
Donovan Joubert, speaker of the Stellenbosch Municipality, who was also a speaker at the event, said people should not be prejudiced towards one another.
“Racism is a sensitive matter. No one wants to be known as a racist, but many of us are. There is always an excuse for this type of behaviour (racism). Parents should also be aware of what they say and do around their children.”
Whether you agree with his methods or not, for Adams there are no grey areas. He believes in staying true to the cause and is unapologetic about his stance. He is proud of the campaign and those who have been with him since the inception. “My dream and mission is to make sure that everyone has a fair chance in an equal society.”
He also echoed what Slamat had previously said. “There is only one race and that is the human race.”
The programme includes the following:
V The Star Campaign against Racism will host a Black and White Unity Dance on Monday 20 March in the Stellenbosch Town Hall at 19:00. Kallies Band will perform and cost is R100 per person. Bring your own platter and XYZ;
V Cultural event on Tuesday 21 March at Die Braak, starting at 12:00;
V A racism debate on Thursday 23 March at the Stellenbosch University Museum;
V A march against racism on Saturday 25 March from Du Toit Station to the Braak;
V Worship Against Racism (WAR) church service at St Mary’s on the Braak on Sunday 26 March at 18:00.