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Anti-corruption marches were racist, says Zuma

Anti-corruption marches were racist, says Zuma

President Jacob Zuma says that the nation-wide marches against widespread corruption that has taken hold of government under his leadership were racist, adding that racists have become more emboldened.

The president was speaking at a wreath laying ceremony commemorating the 24th anniversary of the murder of Chris Hani, who he said was a proponent of a non-racial society –  a dream which South Africa had not yet realised, as evidenced by last week’s marches.

“The marches that took place last week demonstrated that racism is real and exists in our country.

“Many placards and posters displayed beliefs that we thought had been buried in 1994, with some posters depicting black people as baboons. It is clear that some of our white compatriots regard black people as being lesser human beings or sub-human,” Zuma said.

Approximately 60,000 South Africans of all races took to the streets last week, demonstrating their dissatisfaction with president Zuma, calling on him to step down.

The protests came just days after global ratings firm, S&P Global, downgraded South Africa’s credit rating to junk status, citing Zuma’s political moves as its basis. The president had earlier reshuffled his cabinet, reportedly taking out political opponents including finance minister, Pravin Gordhan.

A second ratings firm, Fitch, then followed S&P Global’s lead, also downgrading South Africa to junk while the protests were taking place, citing the same reasons.

Civil action groups were uniting under the banner of fighting corruption, which has become widespread under the current president and his network of patronage.

In his address at the memorial, Zuma made no mention of any of the claims made against him, instead focusing purely on what he deemed to be racial elements.

“The racist onslaught has become more direct and is no longer hidden as was the case in the early years of our constitutional democratic order. Racists no longer fear being caught or exposed.

“In the fight to combat racism, we should look beyond only overt racist utterances and public displays that we saw during the marches last week. We should also look at the ideological and institutional machinations that continue to give racism more traction.

“Racism is a gross violation of human rights and plunged this country into decades of conflict in the past. We cannot allow and assist racists to take our country backwards,” president Zuma said.

In afternoon trade on Monday, the rand lost a further 1% against the dollar, edging towards R14.00 (R13.88), having threatened a move below R13.00 prior to the president’s Cabinet reshuffle – his eleventh since May 2009.


Read: ANC infighting grows as Zuma warns against “dangerous politics”


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  • Wollie Verstege

    A yes, the race card.
    Soon to be followed by the apartheid and van Riebeeck card, and I have it on good authority that a palladium Diaz card has also been issued by the Guptabank

    • OWL

      It’s actually a full set of idiot-cards, but Butternut-head and his Indian-puppet-masters haven’t noticed they are all naked, EVERYONE has seen the fool-pack they are dealing from!

  • Tony Foley

    Pictures or it didn’t happen

  • Skerminkel

    Keep painting, dear Zupta. The corner is getting smaller.

  • Tom Ford

    Ok, but still doesn’t take away from the fact you are corrupt, unfit, greedy, dishonest and killing SA.

  • GeeManZA

    You almost have enough rope, old chap. Here, have some more.

  • victory

    I never come across with confused man like this one, he’s miserable

  • Blunderor?

    You so compromised and exposed to be a liar. Who will believe you?

  • InReality

    So an anti-corruption march consisting and represented by nearly ALL the various races in South Africa, is racist….? He has finally lost ALL his marbles! Where are the people in white coats?

  • James Dean

    Delusional

    no

    Mental

    no

    Idiot

    no

    Fool

    no

    Moron

    no

    All the above…

    YES!

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    Seriously, what is wrong with this man …

    Racism … his going to play that card … disgusting excuse for a human being and a repulsive president.

  • OWL

    This oak makes a full stop look sharp.

  • chunk

    This guy, has no shame.

    • OWL

      Nor any brain.

      • chunk

        lol this is true.

        • OWL

          We are poets!

          • chunk

            Of the highest order.

      • LennonZA

        Don’t be fooled. Thuli Madonsela warned about this during an interview with Al Jazeera. Zuma’s comments, along with the “white monopoly capital” garbage are part of a plan to scapegoat whites (and possibly other minorities) as this would deflect attention away from the ANC as the cause of a failing economy.

        • OWL

          Don’t ruin my rhyming, Lennon!
          His “plan” has been crystal clear for ages now! He despises Whites, and when he laments the restrictions of the Constitution, it’s most definitely due to the rights it affords us, the pale-faced taxpayers!
          He LOOOVES the colour of our money though!

  • Schrödinger’s Cat

    *Facepalm*

  • Ga77a

    Whatever jz. The people can see through your cherry picked anecdotes.

    • OWL

      ‘Cept for the one’s he’s bribing, they are as blind as bats!

  • 144kg pure Boer

    I frikken new it was going to be a “racist” thing.

  • Unfckngblvbl

    The amazing thing is that zuma actually believes what he says

  • Juan Olivier

    Haha ek het geweet die ANC gaan dit een of ander tyd weer op rassisme blameer.

    • The_Splurge

      Had to happen, predictable like a soapie

  • Warren

    Keep telling yourself that sweet summer child

  • Alfred States

    So being “Anti-Corruption” is “Anti-Black” ???

    I am not sure whether Zuma is trying to compliment white people or insult black people, but either way I don’t mind.

  • The_Splurge

    Poor stu­pid Zuma, fumbling pathetically for his race card, just do the country a favour and die already. Easy to blame others for your actions. You make the poor even poorer and now you shift the blame off yourself by claiming racism.
    Shows your true colours.
    Keep suc­king Gupta co­ck!

  • Geof Kirby

    The man is a total liar. In the 3 main cities having the protest marches, white representation was disproportionate in numbers but there was a highly significant black and coloured presence. Problem is Zuma, you have been found out to be a liar so often that you cannot rely on your position to assert your authority. You’re a died in the wool crook and when the BBC reporter accused of such, you never denied it.

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