AfriForum: Zuma comment 'empty words'

By Drum Digital
20 February 2015

President Jacob Zuma's undertaking on Thursday that the ANC would continue to defend minorities were empty words, says AfriForum.

President Jacob Zuma's undertaking on Thursday that the ANC would continue to defend minorities were empty words, AfriForum said.

"The president's undertaking to protect minorities remains empty words as long as he distorts history," AfriForum said in a statement.

AfriForum said it was responding to Zuma's undertaking that the ANC would protect minorities in South Africa.

The organisation said Zuma was distorting historical facts to suit his ideological agenda.

Responding to debate on his state-of-the-nation address, Zuma criticised Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Mulder, who on Wednesday warned Zuma he was playing with fire by singling out minorities.

"I fight against those who suppress minorities," Zuma told the joint sitting.

AfriForum deputy CEO Alana Bailey said Zuma's reiteration of his claim that all problems started with Jan van Riebeeck's arrival was removed from historical fact and it may be regarded as ridiculous.

"The president is now singling out Afrikaners as scapegoats and is representing his misleading version of events, based on ideology and not historical facts, as a true account of the past," she said in a statement.

Source : Sapa

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