‘Racist’ UK reports on Zuma disgust ANCYL

2010-03-03 11:27

THE ANC Youth League was disgusted by the British media’s reports

on President Jacob Zuma during his official state visit to the country, a

spokesman said.

Floyd Shivambu said the British media seemed to have developed a

habit of rubbishing Zuma and constantly portraying him as barbaric and of

inferior belonging.

“It is quite apparent that the British media is one that is

characterised and defined by the worst form of barbarism, backwardness and

racism,” said Shivambu.

“These British racists continue to live in a dreamland and sadly

believe that Africans are still their colonial subjects, with no values and


Zuma’s recent controversies have followed him to the UK with scene

setters on his state visit revisiting his polygamy and his court travails.

The Independent Online in the UK wrote as South Africa’s “first

openly-polygamous President, Mr Zuma will be received with the usual pomp by the

Queen and Prime Minister Gordon Brown during a three-day visit likely to be

dominated by interest in his personal life and the continuing crisis in


The right-wing Daily Mail went much further and chose to headline

their article: “Jacob Zuma is a sex-obsessed bigot with four wives and 35

children. So why is Britain fawning over this vile buffoon?”

Shivambu said the British media believed the only acceptable values

and principles in the world were British values of whiteness and subjugation of


“The world community should begin to isolate and condemn in the

strongest possible terms all vestiges of racism, barbarism and backwardness

portrayed by the British Media,” he said.

“We will never accept notions that undermine and humiliate our

president, and call on the British government to condemn such practices.”

Shivambu said the British held and controlled strategic sectors of

the South African economy, which made them believe they continued to control the

country and its value system.

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