Our honourable leader, His Excellency, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma has finally expressed his views about the massive April 7th protests against his leadership across South Africa.
Daddy Zuma shared his views while he was speaking at the ceremony commemorating the 24th anniversary of the murder of Chris Hani.
Acknowledging Hani as one of the South Africans who died questing for an equal and non-racial society, President Zuma affirmed that dream of a non-racial South Africa is yet to be actualized.
According to him, this was demonstrated in the April 7th protests against his leadership. He said:
“The marches that took place last week demonstrated that racism is real and exists in our country. Many placards and posters displayed beliefs that we thought had been buried in 1994, with some posters depicting black people as baboons.
It is clear that some of our white compatriots regard black people as being lesser human beings or sub-human.”
His Excellency further wailed that racist onslaught has become more direct.
“(it) is no longer hidden as was the case in the early years of our constitutional democratic order. Racists no longer fear being caught or exposed,” he said.
With that, Mr President proffered that the fight against racism should look at the ideological and institutional machinations that continue to give racism more traction.
To him, it’s important to take the fight beyond “overt racist utterances and public displays.” With that, he asserted that “racism is a gross violation of human rights” which plunged South Africa “into decades of conflict in the past.”
“We cannot allow and assist racists in taking our country backwards,” Zuma charged.
Meanwhile, the leaders of opposition parties held a media briefing session today on the National Day of Action coming up on Wednesday, 12 April 2017.
The parties include the African Christian Democratic Party, African Independent Congress, African People’s Convention, Agang SA, Congress of the People, Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters, Inkatha Freedom Party and the United Democratic Movement.
As learnt in the media briefing, the National Day of Action is another national march to the Union Buildings to demonstrate against Jacob Zuma’s presidency.
Commenting on this, the national Spokesperson of South Africa’s official opposition party, Phumzile Van Damme confirmed that the Democratic Alliance will participate in the march along with other opposition parties.
“We encourage South Africans to participate and join the peaceful march to the Union Buildings in another powerful demonstration of national unity against Jacob Zuma’s destructive presidency.
“Jacob Zuma has united South Africa against corruption and economic destruction, and in defence of the Constitution. The whole of our society has come together in a way not before seen since the dawn of democracy,” Van Damme stated.