Man arrested for racist remarks towards President Cyril Ramaphosa
A South African man was arrested and will be charged in court for posting a video on social media in which he hurled racial abuse at President Cyril Ramaphosa, police said on Thursday.
It was the latest such incident to cause a public outcry in South Africa and shows the racial tensions that endure more than two decades after the end of apartheid rule.
In the video on Twitter, a man identifies himself as Kessie Nair and says “(I) hereby call for that kaffir state president Mr Cyril Ramaphosa to be charged for frauding this nation, for oppressing this nation.”
Representatives for Nair could not be reached for comment.
The “K word”, as it is known in South Africa, is apartheid-era slang for a black person and is regarded as a deeply offensive slur on a par with the “N word” in the United States.
South Africa remains deeply scarred by its apartheid and colonial past.
Last month some Nike stores closed after a white South African man, said to have links to the U.S. sportswear company, posted a video taken at a beach resort saying: “And not one kaffir in sight. Fucking heaven on earth.”
In March, a court jailed a white woman to three years, with one year suspended, for yelling racist abuse at a black policeman.
You may be interested
Sharks are ready for the Curry Cup finalNews Guy - Oct 23, 2018
The Sharks go into Saturday’s Currie Cup final against Western Province at Newlands knowing that they were comfortably second best the last time the…
Horror crash on the North Coast of KZN claims 5 livesNews Guy - Oct 22, 2018
Five people have died and a further two people have sustained serious injuries following a high-impact, head-on collision on the…
SAPS offices broken into five times in past few weeks – what is going on?News Guy - Oct 20, 2018
The Pietermaritzburg unit’s offices were broken into five times over the past few weeks, with electronic equipment stolen. KwaZulu-Natal officials…