South African President, Jacob Zuma has branded protesters calling for his resignation “racists”, saying they held placards that were derogatory about black people.
He said the marches that took place last week demonstrated that racism is real and exists in South Africa.
Many South Africans have said President Zuma is blatantly playing the race card on an issue-based protest against his own defective style of leadership following a near catastrophic cabinet reshuffle when he sacked the much respected Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan.
His decision was swiftly followed by two credit ratings agencies downgrading South Africa to junk status.
This caused many people – black and white to come out onto the streets in their thousands, including many from his party the ANC, calling for Mr. Zuma’s resignation.