“I am not against whites” - Zuma

BY CHARL BOSCH - JANUARY 21, 2015

President Jacob Zuma has said that his comment about the country’s problems starting shortly after Jan Riebeeck’s arrival should not be viewed as an attack on whites and that he was only stating an historical fact.

According to Netwerke24, Zuma made the comment during an interview with the SABC after former President Nelson Mandela’s secretary, Zelda Le Grange, accused him of hate speech when he made the original statement during the ANC 103rd birthday celebrations in Cape Town two weeks ago.

“They [Dutch] were responsible for nearly wiping out all the Khoisan people in the Western Cape. Is this an anti-white statement? That’s what they did,” the translated version of Zuma’s response read.

“They colonised us and then took our land”.

In a series of tweets over the weekend, Le Grange stated that Zuma’s comment “made it clear [that] whites are not welcome in SA,” and that “Next time a white business man from the US or Europe brings investment with job opportunity they must be told they are not wanted in SA”.

Responding Le Grange’s remarks, Zuma stated that it was clear she was unaware that South Africa “was racially divided”.  

“The fact is I had to carry a pass document while whites did not,” he said, adding that he is trying to avoid making comments about race-related debates as it leads to frail tempers and undermining reconciliation.

 

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