NEARLY 20 years after South Africans asserted their rights as citizens, the nation still struggles to decide who and what belongs to the country, the provisions of the constitution notwithstanding. At the heart is the divisiveness of racial classification. Obviously, racism and its attendant catastrophes are unlikely to go away soon, in South Africa as elsewhere, but that is not reason enough to make matters worse, and certainly not when one’s actions carry official sanction.In flagrante delicto is the Department of Environmental Affairs, which has just published its list and categories of alien invasive species under the provisions of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act. The department listed not only what is officially considered alien to South Africa, but what species are specifically undesirable as invasive. Among the many declared undesirable are trout.It is reasonable to ask what that has to do with citizenship and racism. After all, Fosaf, the representati...

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