Deputy minister accused of racism for calling DA MP 'a Gupta'

2016-04-21 18:00
Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Mduduzi Manana. (GCIS)

Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Mduduzi Manana. (GCIS)

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Cape Town – Opposition MPs on Thursday accused Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana of being racist for calling DA MP Yusuf Cassim "a Gupta".

"It is a racist comment, he should withdraw that," DA MP Ian Ollis said during the National Assembly’s sitting.

Manana held his hands up in a "who me?" pose, a faux innocent expression on his face as ANC MPs roared with laughter.

"That is racist to term a member of the opposition as a Gupta just because of his race. That is racist and you are a racist," Ollis said.

"Chair, I didn't say he is a Gupta. I said he looks like one of the Gupta family members," Manana replied.

Another MP in the opposition benches shouted: "Well then you look like a Zuma."

Manana eventually withdrew the comment unconditionally.

He was referring to the wealthy industrialists who left South Africa last week amid claims that they were interfering in government matters and had certain ministers in their pocket.

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