South Africa: Thousands march against racism

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Thousands of supporters of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Friday held anti-racism demonstrations in Pretoria and Cape Town.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe described the event as “a march about facilitating conversation amongst South Africans,” adding that “the conversation has been reduced in recent times".

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula led marchers to the Union Buildings in Pretoria where they cheered the ANC and slammed “racist journalists". President Jacob Zuma who is meeting with black business leaders at the Union Buildings was expected to receive a memorandum from the organisers.

In Cape Town, ANC supporters gathered outside the Western Cape legislature ahead of Premier Helen Zille's State of the Province address. They accused Zille’s Democratic Alliance – the official opposition – of “protecting racists".

Both marches were seen as an endorsement of Zuma who was ridiculed in Parliament during the debate on his State of the Nation address.

The opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Friday said it would continue to challenge Zuma. “We wish to remind Zuma that as the EFF we have no respect for him, regardless of how old he may be and we regard him as an illegitimate and discredited leader who has no right to be standing in the National Assembly and pronounce on any matters of our state and the world,” EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi was quoted as saying at a media briefing.
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19 فبراير 2016 10:55:27




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