PRESIDENT ZUMA SAYS MARCHES AGAINST HIM HIGHLIGHT RACISM
April 10, 2017 | Uhuruspirit
President Jacob Zuma and the late Chris Hani's widow, Mpho Hani, during a wreath-laying ceremony at the event.
South African President Jacob Zuma said on Monday that marches last week across the country that drew tens of thousands of protesters demanding his resignation demonstrated that racism was real.
Zuma made the remarks during a memorial to commemorate the 24th anniversary of the assassination anti-apartheid and South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani, whose murder by white supremacists almost derailed the negotiations that led to the end of apartheid rule.
"Placards at the marches depicting monkeys indicated that our white counterparts view black people as less of human beings or sub-human‚" said Zuma.
"It is clear that some of our white compatriots regard black people as being lesser human beings or sub-human."
He said the racist onslaught against black people was more direct and racists no longer feared being exposed as they did in the beginning of South Africa's democracy.
"We cannot allow racists to take our country backwards‚" Zuma said.
Zuma said the hate crimes law would criminalise several forms of discrimination including racism.
During his speech, Zuma described Hani as a loyal an disciplined cadre of the ANC.
He said Hani did not shy away from speaking his mind and was respected by all at the end of the day.
He also added that through his sacrifice Hani sought to fight for transformation and the emancipation of black people.
As Zuma concluded his speech and walked off stage, tripartite alliance supporters, sang at the top of their voices, showing clear support for the President. They drowned out the MC.
Cosatu presdent Sdumo Dlamini disassociated the trade union federation from all forms of action against Zuma on what was popularly referred to as Black Friday.
"We are not part of Black Friday or any marches. We will resolve our issues internally‚" said Dlamini.
Due to weather conditions the programme was called off just before Solly Mapaila‚ second deputy general secretary of the SACP‚ was due to speak.
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