Zuma using race card out of desperation - Save SA

2017-04-11 08:16
President Jacob Zuma. (Chester Makana, News24 Correspondent)

President Jacob Zuma. (Chester Makana, News24 Correspondent)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories


Jacob Zuma: Last week's marches show that racism is real

2017-04-10 14:53

During his address at the Chris Hani memorial, President Jacob Zuma used the platform to speak out against purported racism at last week's countrywide anti-Zuma marches, where there were allegedly 'black people being called baboons'.WATCH

Cape Town – Civil organisation Save SA has criticised President Jacob Zuma’s statements on Monday that marches against him on Friday were racist.

“We have observed in the recent period that the president has, out of desperation, been demonstrating an inclination to invoke the race card in a divisive manner,” Save SA said in a statement.

While addressing crowds at the commemoration of the assassination of Chris Hani on Monday, Zuma said posters at last week's marches displayed beliefs he thought had died in 1994.

He alleged that some posters depicted black people as baboons.

"It is clear some of our white compatriots regard black people as lesser human beings or subhuman," Zuma said.

- WATCH: Last week's marches show that racism is real - Zuma

Save SA however said that if Zuma was truly offended, he would report the matter to the Human Rights Commission.

“Had we seen these [allegedly offensive posters], not only would we have removed them, but believe that the multitudes who marched with us under our national flag would not have tolerated these."

Law enforcement agencies estimate that 20 000 people took part in the anti-Zuma march to the Union Buildings on Friday.

“Zuma's remarks indicate that he has seen the images and footage from the marches by tens of thousands of South Africans, and we hope he will have noticed that by far the vast majority of posters had one clear message – and that was to tell him he must get out of office now,” Save SA said.

Save SA describes itself as a campaign made up of organisations, civil society groups, business leaders, prominent individuals and South African citizens to keep government leaders accountable to the Constitution.

Read more on:    save sa  |  jacob zuma  |  national day of action

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.