Zuma says protests against him reveal racism is still alive

President Jacob Zuma has called for unity and co-existence among South Africans in an address at the 24th anniversary of SACP leader Chris Hani's death in Boksburg.

Referring to last week’s mass protests, Zuma said: “The marches that took place last week demonstrated that racism is real and exists in our country,”

Read: SACP's Solly Mapaila says Zuma reducing protests to racist is a cheap shot.

He said some posters displayed beliefs that he thought were buried in 1994.

Clement Manyathela was at Monday’s wreath-laying ceremony.

Speaking about how there were racist posts that he was not happy about, there were posters that described black peoples as baboons…. And he was just calling for South Africans to come together and ensure that there is tolerance and co-existence.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

He spoke about how Chris Hani would differ publicly with the leaders of the organisation but every time he would differ he wouldn’t make these leaders feel offended, and you could look at that as a veiled reference to calls by some within Cosatu and the SACP for him to step down.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

The President says he has met with the finance minister, his deputy and the Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago on the implications of the rating downgrade.

Click below to listen to the full report by Clement Manyathela…

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