Em­bat­tled Pres­i­dent Zuma says many crit­ics are ‘racist’

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JOHANNESBURG | South Africa’s black pres­i­dent on Mon­day said many white demon­stra­tors call­ing for his res­ig­na­tion are racist, prompt­ing crit­ics to de­scribe the re­marks as an af­front to le­git­i­mate protest.

Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma sharply crit­i­cized multi-ra­cial protests held Fri­day to ex­press anger over pres­i­den­tial scan­dals and Mr. Zuma’s dis­missal of a widely re­spected fi­nance min­is­ter last month. He was speak­ing at a com­mem­o­ra­tion for an anti-apartheid leader who was as­sas­si­nated in 1993.

The pres­i­dent also re­ferred to “overt racist ut­ter­ances and pub­lic dis­plays that we saw dur­ing the marches last week.”

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